Akron, Ohio, one of the \world's most livable cities,\ was the site of Sojourner Truth's famous speech Ain't I a Woman in 1851. It's also known as the Rubber Capital of the World, a title it earned in the early 1900s because of its booming rubber industry. Though many of the manufacturing plants have shut down, Akron has transformed itself into one of the midwest's high tech havens.
If you're hoping to get around in Akron without your car, you'll be happy to learn that the city maintains a large network of busses and trolleys. You can use them to travel anywhere in town, as well as into nearby Cleveland, which is armed with its own city-wide public transportation system. Between the METRO and the Stark Area Regional Transit Authorities, there's nowhere you can't get to. If you prefer to drive yourself, as many Akronites do, the city also has a busy freeway system.