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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Introduction

I thought I would start out my first post on this blog with a mission statement, here goes:


Cincinnati is a city that too often defines itself by its failures, rather than its successes. By its missteps, rather than its accomplishments; by its delays rather than its progress. We are a city that subscribes wholeheartedly to the famous Mark Twain quotation, regardless of its veracity. A city that looks to the unfinished development at the river rather than applaud the hundreds of new residences downtown. A city that bemoans the loss of department stores to the suburbs rather than celebrate the new retailers that have sprung up in Over the Rhine. A city that laments its unfinished subway rather than one that advocates for its proposed streetcar. A city with a remarkable past, but with citizens that doubts its future. We need to change this mindset and these expectations.

5 comments:

Randy Simes said...

I'll be the first to say welcome...you are going to be a GREAT addition to ever improving UrbanCincy website.

Anonymous said...

Well said and welcome!

Radarman said...

I concur with the above.

And the number one enemy? The local mainstream media, fonts of received wisdom, mouthers of cliches, superlatively lazy in their reporting, clueless.

Chris S said...

Eh, the media just follows the regurgitates the populist views... I don't give them the credit for starting that trend by any means...

Good to see you posting Brad :)

Kevin LeMaster said...

Good luck! Changing these long-held attitudes is going to take some hard work, so get ready to get your hands dirty.

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