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Welcome to Downtown
Cleveland was founded by Moses Cleaveland in 1796 when he travelled to the east banks of the Cuyahoga river known as the 'Flats'. Commercial development along the banks of the river and improvements to the harbor and the establishment of a wholesale district enabled the development of Downtown into a central business district and residential area. Between 1870 and 1900 numerous mansions were built along Euclid avenue which became known as 'Millionaires Row'. Few of these residences remain as commercial expansion increased along Euclid and neighboring avenues. In 1903 the Group plan was adopted which helped to coordinate the construction of new buildings. Several of these building (many built between 1910 and 1937) are prominent today among Downtown's most architecturally significant buildings. Today Cleveland's Downtown neighborhood is known for its world-class entertainment, successful businesses and high-end residential accommodations.