Ahead of the midterm elections, Here & Now's Tumblr is being taken over for a special reporting trip. Alternate Routes is a cross-country road trip from September through October, in search of the stories of young Americans and the issues that matter most in their lives. Hosted by Here & Now's Rachel Rohr.
Here are some of the places we visited in Cleveland yesterday. I’m spending today cutting together Episode 1 of the Alternate Routes podcast. Stay tuned!
-Outside of Cleveland’s historic West Side Market
-An interior view of West Side Market
-Nano Brew, where I met with Emily Blackie and Andy Dubyoski.
-Jack Flaps, where I met with Anisha Noble
-West 25th Street in the Ohio City neighborhood. Nano Brew is on the left.
-A creative bike rack across the street from Joy Machines bike shop, where I met with Alex Nosse.
-A sign for the Ohio City, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cleveland.
Here are some of the young Clevelanders I spoke to today. Story coming soon!
-Anisha Noble, 27, medical student at Case Western
-Bo, 32, vendor at the Pork Chop Shop in West Side Market
-Tucker Kelly, 20-something, creative writing student and prep cook
-Alex Nosse, 30, owner of Joy Machines bike shop
-Emily Blackie, 29, project specialist for Facing History and Ourselves, and Andy Dubyoski, 29, kitchen manager at Nano Brew
-Marissa DeSantis, 28, communications for Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Here’s a time-lapse video of our Day 1 drive from Boston to Buffalo. We hope to make these for every travel day during this month-long trip, but they’ll always be a couple days late, since they take a while to process. Our goal is no more highways after Day 1.
Today is the first day we don’t have any big travel planned - it’s a reporting day. I have a couple of interviews lined up in Cleveland, and expect to talk to others while walking around the city. We’ve already left the KOA campground outside Cleveland and are driving on the highway within a herd of commuters, who all seem to be texting or eating breakfast - or both.
The young adults I spoke with last night were more politically-minded than those I spoke to in New York and Pennsylvania. It could be random, or it could be an early reminder that Ohio is a lynchpin of politics. The Republican Party is actually holding its national convention in Cleveland in 2016. Part of the reason, no doubt, is the same reason I’m doing a reporting day here: young Americans are moving to - and back to - Cleveland. I’ll talk with some of them today.
I met DeGrafth Palmer at a frozen yogurt shop in Hudson, Ohio, — a suburb between Cleveland and Akron — where he works part-time while studying electrical engineering at the University of Akron, in his hometown. His dream is “helping build cleaner energy” at GM or FirstEnergy.