It used to be that downtowns like Cleveland's and Akron's were empty after the workday. Unless there was a big concert or a ball game, you could just roll up the sidewalks and turn off the lights. Those days are over, now. Apartment renters, many of them young professionals, are flocking back to urban centers in big numbers, bringing life and energy back to downtown.
Kira Hennessey, downtown resident
Allison Taller, downtown resident
Ron Willner, downtown resident
Ramses Clements, downtown resident
Mark Giuliano, president, Downtown Residents Association
Michelle Jarboe McFee, real estate reporter, The Plain Dealer