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Monday, December 31, 2007

Enough with the negativity

There is one thing that I really wish would change in Cincinnati, and it is something that many people around here notice. It is that so many locals are so negative about our city. When you go out and see other places and then compare them to Cincinnati our city fares quite well, and many outsiders would tell you that this is quite a nice place.

Our Downtown has more activity than most, we have two professional sports teams, Broadway shows, Opera/Ballet/Orchestra, great museums, great neighborhoods, good schools, relatively low crime, fantastic scenery and it is all very affordable.

But it seems as though people go out of their way to put down our city/region. As a wise man once said, if we start thinking we're a world-class city we'll soon be one. Don't trash the 'Nati.

8 comments:

igon said...

Randy,

I think the tide is turning. Out at Cadillac Ranch the two past weekends, I spoke to many people who were proud of what's been done (perhaps it was the Jaeger talking). The momentum is in Cincinnati's favor and people are taking notice. I talked to a number of Browns fans too who were raving about how close everthing was and how they could walk to everything, in particular how close PBS was compared to Cleveland Stadium which is about as pedestrian friendly to rest of downtown as Kenwood. No doubt they'll tell there friends back up in Cleveland.

Although no longer a resident, I'm thrilled at how far downtown, and more importantly...the perception of downtown has come in the past 1.5 - 2 years.

I agree Randy, compared to alot cities of comparable size, Cincinnati is ahead of many. It also has a lot more untapped potential and until that potential is realized it's going to frustrating.

I still think that population growth of not only the city, but metro area should be a priority to accelerate the pace of development and redevelopment.

5chw4r7z said...

Man, over the next 3 to 4 years Cincinnati is going to be the coolest place in the world. I don't care who you are.
Maybe we'll hit the critical mass of transplants and our positive noise will be greater than the locals negative noise.

igon said...

I like your enthusiasm, but "coolest place in the world" is probably a stretch...

How about coolest place in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio? I think that's achievable and enviable goal. Let's throw in Michigan and West Virginia too. (although I think that many would say that it already is...)

5chw4r7z said...

OK, I'll admit it, I'm a mindless cheerleader for Cincinnati, but I'm not going to apologize. Its everyone else's responsibility to pee on the bonfire.

One thing though, all our wishes are coming true and we may not like it. There are going to be less and less accessible restaurants and bars for us, more crowds and longer waits that they bring. But thats the price of progress.

But until then, I love this place.

valereee said...

Being capable of seeing both the good and the bad isn't being negative. It's being balanced. I love this place. I think it's a great place to raise kids. I can have Sri Lankan food but I can also get across town in half an hour. Traffic jams are what happens when there's an accident. We're smack in the middle of some of the richest farm country the world has ever known. Our houses are mansions and our yards estates compared to similarly-priced homes on either coast. Great stuff. But we also have city council that can't seem to provide leadership in coordinating portions of three states into a region, a county vs. city mentality, racial problems that aren't apparent to most white citizens, and all the infrastructure problems familiar to so many older industrial northern cities. That's reality. Refusing to 'be negative' doesn't make any of this stuff go away.

UncleRando said...

That's not what I'm talking about valeree. I'm speaking of those people that say the city is a "warzone" or that there is "nothing to do." Those individuals aren't being constructive in any manner of the word. They are simply spewing rhetoric that they hear on 700 WLW and the local news. Outlets that thrive on the sensational and much less on reality.

There are many things that this city and region can improve upon, but I just grow tired of hearing the same old bashing of this city when those same people don't take the time to recognize the good.

Cincinnati NAMjA said...

Nicely put!

kyhound said...

As I check out the cost of living, crime stats, etc in other cities, I find more and more to love about this area. I am an inside the I-275loop snob however, can't help myself. Now, if we can rid ourselves of Peter Bronson and his nonstop negativity...

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