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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Keep the heart strong

Neighborhoods are what makes cities great, and strong/unique neighborhoods is one of Cincinnati's greatest attributes. With that said, those neighborhoods stand little to no chance at survival without a strong core...and in Cincinnati's case that couldn't be more true.

Cincinnati's center city is more important to the Cincinnati region more so than most other regions. The reason is pure and simple...a higher percentage of the region's jobs are in the core, and more so than in most regions (sans Pittsburgh, Boston, and a couple others).

We need to constantly work at maintaining our strong neighborhoods, but we can never lose sight of what enables those neighborhoods to be what they are. Cincinnati's center city is the economic engine that keeps our neighborhoods great.

It is understandable for neighborhoods to get upset over what they may perceive as special treatment towards the center city in terms of attention and investment, but really when we invest in our core (see streetcars) we are also investing in the rest of our great neighborhoods.

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Celebration! by Alex Peppers
Part of the Capture Cincinnati collection

4 comments:

5chw4r7z said...

Thats one thing even the outer suburbs need to remember also. When a company in say Mason sells itself to the world, they can't sell Mason, they're selling Fountain Square and the river front.

Matt Hunter Ross said...

I second that.

UncleRando said...

I'm also specifically referring to investment dollars. It is important that we focus our investments in the core. So things like Fountain Square, Cincinnati Streetcar, and the Central Riverfront Park may appear to only directly benefit the core...they have a trickle down affect and also have a positive impact on all the other areas in the region.

Jason said...

Great Post! This couldn't be more true. If we could somehow get the suburban residents to understand this fundamental fact the city would have a much easier time gaining support for issues that affect our urban core.
This was one of the major things that killed the metro-moves campaign in 2002, IMO. The greater hamilton county area didn't see the benefit in improved public transportation for them, so they voted against it. What they failed to see was exactly what you pointed out. If our inner core is healthy and vibrant, the whole region benefits because everybody will want to come to cincinnati (businesses, companies, new residents etc...)

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