The trials of being a travel writer. Sounds like Rick handled it with a good sense of humor. http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2013/04/04/rick-steves-enjoys-clevelands-impressive-skyline-and-plunging-necklines
My memory of Cleveland is being beaten up by a gang of Italians in Little Italy when I was 17 - that's the short version. I drove from San Diego and was there all of three hours.
Those Ohioans are such rascals! ( I should know, I am married to one).
I pretty sure there's more to Cleveland than the local casino, but that's one city that just has a nasty reputation for some reason.
The best thing in Cleveland is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Three of us spent 6 hours there and could have spent more, and we ranged in age between 17 and 72. Truly something for every age group.
Anybody that can promote our city, even a cabdriver, is great for C-town. Our Cleveland Orchestra is world renowned, we enjoy 3 professional sports teams (we can only hope for their success), great museums, etc. My Parisian cousins were quite enamored with Cleveland, and especially the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. They were impressed and commented that that's one museum that Paris doesn't have.