Akron

Population

2010: 199,110, #110 in U.S., #5 in Ohio

1950: 274,605, #39 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 703,200, #72 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 410,032, #45 in U.S.

Setting

Akron was founded in 1825 along the Ohio and Erie Canal, connecting the Ohio River with Lake Erie. Today, Lock 3 Park is adjacent to the canal in the downtown area, and the Towpath Trail has biking and hiking along the canal. The University of Akron is just east of downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: First Merit Tower, 330 feet (1931)

List of tallest buildings

Akron has a system of Skywalks connecting downtown buildings. Quaker Square, originally built to hold grain for Quaker Oats, has shops and a hotel. It has been purchased by the University of Akron for use as a dormitory.

Stores

Akron has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Amtrak has no service to Akron.



Downtown Akron

Museums

The Akron Art Museum is located downtown.

Theaters

Akron has no downtown movie theaters. The Akron Civic Theatre (the former Loews, 1929) is a restored movie palace that has a variety of special events and concerts. The E.J. Thomas Hall (1973) at the University of Akron hosts the Akron Symphony Orchestra and touring Broadway shows.

Sports

The Akron Aeros, Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, play at Canal Park (1997).

Map of Downtown Akron

Downtown Akron Partnership

Convention and Visitors Bureau