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Saturday, August 1, 2009

What the 'outsiders' are saying

Just recently there have been three wonderful write-ups about what is happening in Cincinnati by out of town newspapers and magazines. One from the Big Apple, one reminding folks that they don't have to go to the Big Apple to enjoy a thriving arts scene, and finally one praising Cincinnati for its urban structure, parks, and access to other great outdoor activities.

The article from The New York Times has made the rounds but is worth a second look. While it mentions a few of the more fun areas in town, it should be recognized that they started with Spring Grove Cemetery which is an often overlooked local jewel. The nice part about the article is that they hit Cincinnati, Covington, and Newport and recognized how all three pieces fit together. They also make special mention of the Southgate House which is booking a tremendous amount of high quality shows these days.

"Colorful Sunrise" by ChrisIrmo on Flickr

With such high praise from the New York Times, it was easy to overlook this article from the Lexington Herald. With a special focus on our thriving and extraordinarily diverse arts scene featuring visits ranging from the Taft Museum to the wonderful Contemporary Arts Center we should see art buffs cruising up I75 the rest of the summer.

And finally, this week Outside Magazine came out with rankings of their 10 best cities in America, and guess who was number nine?! Yep, Cincinnati! Right there among Austin, Portland, Atlanta, and others is our little city that could. Why? Among other reasons: architecture, a walkable urban core, great parks, the possibility of streetcar addition, and the fact that Cincy is the gateway to many natural escapes.

So let's see, the New Yorkers like us for being Midwestern with an artsy flair. The mid westerners like us for being like New York. And folks that want to spend time outside and being active like us because we support that culture and have are close to many great getaways. Talk about having a little bit of something for everyone! Clearly, many outsiders believe in the developments that have occurred over the last few years here. Now, all we need to do is convince the insiders.


Living in Gin said...

Amen. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like most of the Cincinnati-bashing comes from area residents who have never lived elsewhere and who don't know any different. Many of these same people would never be caught dead within a mile of Fountain Square, except for maybe an occasional Reds game.

I currently live in NYC and I've lived in about a half-dozen other cities -- some bigger than Cincy, some smaller -- and I can personally vouch for Cincy's unique attributes. The city needs to do a better job of flaunting its stuff, because it can certainly hold its own against more fashionable cities like Portland and Atlanta. With the streetcar, light rail, and continued investment in OTR, Cincy is poised to become even more desirable.

Andrew said...

"most of the Cincinnati-bashing comes from area residents who have never lived elsewhere and who don't know any different."


Quimbob said...

Amongst cemetery aficionados worldwide, Spring Grove is very well known.
One of the biggest things to bring people into downtown Cincinnati is jury duty. The city should appoint an "ambassador" to the jury pool room. Maybe print up a brochure. Maybe put a video on the TV. 90% of the jury pools have no idea where to get lunch or park.
They should also tell people which bus to take. Driving downtown for jury duty is a joke.

Randy Simes said...

Many Cincinnatians have grown comfortable with their environment and don't necessarily realize just how good things are here. This isn't to say that Cincinnati is perfect or that there isn't work to be done, but comparatively speaking Cincinnati fares very well.

Unknown said...

I whole hardheartedly agree with all of the above. Among the traits that co-exist between these cities that make them so great, I noticed 8/10 have some form of public rail transit, beyond bus service.

The only two that don't--Albuquerque and Cincinnati. Albuquerque is at (or beyond) the same stages of planning as Cincinnati is for a street car. Lets make sure this happens so we can maintain our (unofficial) Top 10 prestige and comparative advantage.

#1-Living in Gin said it best: "With the streetcar, light rail, and continued investment in OTR, Cincy is poised to become even more desirable." And if not?

Born and raised in Cincy, if the street car is not finished in 2-3 years (and if 3-C plan skips Cincy), the creative class members studying in Cinci and I are likely to start our careers elsewhere in a place more progressive

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