The View From Here

musings by John The Irishman

Scene On The Street

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Lakewood is a city of close to 60,000 that shares it’s eastern border with Cleveland, and is only about 3 or 4 miles from the heart of downtown.  With a population density of close to 10,000 per square mile, it’s also a very diverse, bustling place – very ethnic as well, with close to 20% of the population being foreign born.  Lakewood has all the great big city amenities, a fantastic restaurant and bar scene, as well as shopping and a performing arts center. I often compare it to some of the great neighborhoods I’ve visited in Chicago, New York, and elsewhere – we feel very fortunate to live here.

After living here and spending a lot of time here over close to the last 20 years, I pretty much know the city as well as anyone.  Due to the population density being one of the highest in the United States, we pretty much see it all on a daily basis – the homeless, punkers, “emo myspace cutters” (thx sk8), the “ghetto fabulous”, various ethnicities, the crazies – you name it.  All of this adds to the fabric that is Lakewood – it’s a fantastic place to call home if you love urban living like we do.

We try to walk “the girls” – Roxie & Terra – daily when time and weather permit, and those walks are always down Detroit Avenue.  Detroit is one of Lakewood’s “main drags”, so the people watching and getting the “full Lakewood” is always at it’s best.  Detroit is lined with more bars, restaurants, churches, and storefront businesses than you can imagine – you see it all !  There’s also my “regulars” : Gandhi, The Colonel, Omar, Frenchie and The Eaters, to name a few.  This and future posts are just about what I see as I go about my business, and the people I meet.  I hope to do future posts on the subject, as it amuses me greatly !

Yesterday was a typical walk interweaving with the “typical” crowd :  two girls with face paint on dressed like Kiss Army members; a younger, thinnish woman in a storefront restaurant window reading a book about “The Thyroid Diet”; a herd of Ambercrombie & Fitchers that didn’t understand the concept of a crosswalk right-of-way; a “Veronica Mars” look-a-like (seriously – I know – Slim’s been watching the show – coulda been her twin); and an elderly man pushing a Black & Decker electric lawnmower down the street and talking to himself.  All this in under a half hour – such a deal, and well worth the price of admission…

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Written by johntheirishman

Saturday, 28 April, 2007 @ 7:19 at 7:19

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  1. You need to visit Sea-town sometime…It is the “melting pot” of the west…Sitting around drinking and people watching at a local pub/bar is always encouraged.

    johnnyj

    Tuesday, 1 May, 2007 @ 22:38 at 22:38

  2. Our area, including downtown and some of the wealthier ‘burbs are excellent for people watching. I enjoy viewing the poor, misguided masses that feel the need to be like everyone else and follow the next pop or fashion craze – lemmings…

    johntheirishman

    Wednesday, 2 May, 2007 @ 7:54 at 7:54

  3. Lemmings, pshaw… I know you listen to Linkin Park and cut yourself, JTI, just like all the other Emo kids.

    BTW, I’m opening up the football pool for next year. I saved the Irish for you, if you want in.

    astronomicon

    Wednesday, 2 May, 2007 @ 23:19 at 23:19

  4. Sorry to disappoint, Astro, but my Walkman is broken and my mawm took away my blades – she said Knute’s Boys were OK though…

    johntheirishman

    Thursday, 3 May, 2007 @ 5:39 at 5:39

  5. you forgot to mention Chipotle… that place rocks!

    Snakeye

    Thursday, 3 May, 2007 @ 10:59 at 10:59

  6. Snake – is it really you ? How’s things going ? Do they have Chipotle in Idaho ? HA !

    johntheirishman

    Thursday, 3 May, 2007 @ 11:17 at 11:17


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