As a pillar of knowledge, ethnic traditions, staggering zembekikos, and extreme athleticism (e.g. basketball), fittingly enough, it's a place many Greeks call home. It is said and believed to own Camp Nazareth, Canonsburg, Canton, Cleveland, and Columbus. "A.O.C." or Akron owns <<any of the previously named cities>> is an appropriate acronym when regarding the dominance in basketball of the two groups, or really just commenting on the "sweetness" of said cities. (It should be noted that "Akron Owns ___" pertains but is not limited to the "C" cities. For simplicity's sake, A.O.C. is only used for the "C" cities, but Akron still owns Pittsburgh, Reading, Bethlehem, Lancaster, etc.)
*** It should also be noted that Akron owns GOYA, and that Akron is no joke.
Key Phrase: Ak-town, the mack-town, we don't back down.
Akron is home to a steadily improving downtown, with the nearby University of Akron now sprawling into the downtown area.
At the present day, Akron's future is uncertain (though far more encouraging that neighboring Canton and Youngstown). Parts of Akron have seen strong growth and downtown Akron has upgraded from ghastly to meh. The University of Akron has been building out at a furious pace, and the impact of increased on-campus enrollment has fueled growth along East Exchange and South Main Sts. However, Akron's non-central neighborhoods are losing residents by the day to relocations and the older rubber-era residents dying off. Many non-skilled types are forced to commute to suburban areas for employment. The homeless in the area are abundant and notably confrontational, as they often stand near highway exists and aggressively accost motorists.
Overall, Akron is a C- kind of place. Not terrible, but not quite average. An optimist would look to the fact that Akron 10 years ago was a more haunting place than it is today, and that the trend toward improvement will continue. Pessimists will look at the decline of all of the surrounding cities and assume that Akron will suffer and be pulled further into the black hole of economic devastation.
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