The Downtowner - About Us

Downtown Cleveland used to have a reputation of rolling up its sidewalks after 5:00pm. Not anymore. It's now home to 15,000 residents: a mix of millennials, college students, young professionals and empty nesters. More than a dozen new residential projects are under construction or are in the planning stages, and downtown boosters have set a goal of 20,000 residents by 2020. Is this new interest in downtown Cleveland a blip, or does it have legs? Who are the winners and losers as downtown Cleveland becomes trendy? What is the big, shiny vision of a revitalized Cleveland? Whose vision is it, anyway? What is the case for downtown living in a region that views the city with suspicion? Amy Eddings of ideastream and lifestyle blogger George Hahn, both downtowners, engage the curious at the intersection of urban policy and lifestyle.

"The Downtowner" podcast team of Amy Eddings and George Hahn, at the corner of urban policy and lifestyle (actually, Euclid Avenue and E. 9th Street, in front of the old Cleveland Trust Bank). (Photo: Drew Maziasz, ideastream)

Amy Eddings is the host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on 90.3 WCPN ideastream. Her writing and reporting has also appeared in The Lima News, the online publication AdaIcon and the national magazine Guideposts. Prior to her return to Ohio in 2015, Amy lived in New York City for 28 years where she worked at WNYC Radio, appearing in the afternoons as its host of NPR's "All Things Considered." She is a native of Brunswick and an alum of The Ohio State University. She's on Facebook and Twitter.

George Hahn is a native Clevelander (Lakewood) and alum of St. Ignatius High School who moved back to town after 22 years in New York City. Along with his work as a freelance consultant and content creator, he maintains an eponymous men’s lifestyle blog as a self-made “thousandaire” who writes about sartorial stealth and effective living. He lives downtown with his rescue dogs Smokey and Lenore. George is on Twitter , Instagram and Facebook.

Jeff Carlton, radio operations at ideastream, is the audio engineer of the podcast.

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