Cleveland, the 'Mistake by the Lake,' shows new face as it competes for political conventions

  • by: MARK GILLISPIE , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 29, 2014 - 10:55 AM

CLEVELAND — This Lake Erie city has suffered some bad public relations over the years and has made headlines for all the wrong reasons: poverty, pollution, foreclosure, bizarre crimes and a fleeing population. Yet, thanks to billions of dollars spent burnishing the city's image and its physical face, Cleveland is one of two finalists for the Republican national convention in 2016 and a longshot candidate to host the Democrats, as well.

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