Mentor, Ohio

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Mentor is a city in Lake County, Ohio, United States. Mentor was first settled in 1797. The population was 50,278 at the 2000 census. In July 2006, CNNMoney.com ranked Mentor 68th in a list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. Just four years later in July 2010, CNNMoney.com ranked Mentor 37th on the same list.

In 1876 James A. Garfield purchased a home in Mentor, from which he conducted the first successful front porch campaign for the presidency. Garfield coined the term 'Mentorite' when referring to a native of Mentor[citation needed]. That home is now maintained as the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. The city is home to Headlands Beach State Park, the longest natural beach on Lake Erie.

The city is a major center of retail stores and restaurants in the Greater Cleveland area, seventh-largest in Ohio as of 2010.[3] US 20 (Mentor Avenue) is the major retail center, which includes the Great Lakes Mall, with additional shopping and strip malls found along most major roads.

Mentor's school system consists of 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, and Mentor High School. Like many school systems in Ohio, Mentor Schools suffered a financial crisis in the early 2000s, but passed a large levy and is now largely on solid footing.[4] - one of the fastest Ohio school systems ever to emerge from fiscal emergency[citation needed].

City government is based on a city manager executive appointed by city council. The city encourages development of light industry, which is reflected in its diverse economy and very low property taxes. The city discourages heavy industry, due to the pollution and general malaise that this type of industry can cause.

Many bike paths have been built in Mentor in recent years.[5]

The pronunciation of the city's name is a shibboleth, with most[weasel words] residents pronouncing it as "men-ner" and outsiders using the more conventional "men-tore", while in the media, "men-ter" is prominent.[6][7] The city's slogan, "It's better in Mentor," reflects this fact.

Mentor is named after the Greek figure Mentor, in keeping with the Connecticut Western Reserve settlers' tradition, as well as that of most other Americans at the time, of celebrating aspects of Greek classicism (nearby Solon, Macedonia, Euclid, and Akron also were named using that principle).[8]

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