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Ohio's cities, "perception & reality"

by Maureen McCabe on December 7, 2007

Today’s installment in the Columbus Dispatch series about Ohio’s seven big cities is about Cincinnati. 

I will admit, I love Cincinnati. 

I love the history, I love the architecture,  I love the riverfront. I love the hils….  I have never lived in Cincinnati.  When I lived in Dayton, Cincinnati was the place to go for fun and  I have only been to Cincinnati a couple of times in the past 17 years.

I remember the race riots in 2003 in the Over-the-Rhine neighorhood from the news coverage. I remember Marge Schott’s making the news for comments.  I remember the Maplethorpe exhibit being in the news.  I know of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center but have never been there… then again I have never been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland either…

To me Cincinnati is exotic.  Neighborhoods built on hills… I envy Cincinnati’s hills.  When I lived in Dayton (long ago) I loved the Mt. Adams neighborhood  in Cincinnati.  I loved the restaurants on the river front… but I bet a lot of those restaurants were really in Covington Kentucky not in Cincinnati.

Up close to me anyway when I frequented Cincinnati it looked less like the “uptight, conservative, old-money town” that the Columbus Dispatch article refers to, than it does from a distance via the news.

The On the BRINK : Ohios big cities series

“The Dispatch takes a look at the issues, through the eyes of those living in those cities.”  I have heard of Rookwood Pottery but did not know it’s recent history until reading the Columbus Dipatch article.

Something I’ve been thinking about through the whole Columbus Dispatch series (or at least since the installment on Dayton… ) are who did the Columbus Dispatch talk to in the cities and what was their agenda.  Were the people interviewed by the Dispatch reporters honest about the community or were they cheerleaders for their city? Did the reporters talk to the mayors? There’s a video from the mayor of each city in the interactive online part of the Dispatch series… 

Still to go in the series…Youngstown and Columbus…. and I assume a recap of the seven big Ohio cities.  … if anyone is reading my attempt at a recap of the Columbus Dispatch series… I’ll bet tomorrow is Youngstown but don’t expect more than a link from me.  I spent a weekend at a retreat in Youngstown.. for all I know I was not even really in Youngstown.

Cleveland -  Blame “Sex in the City”

Dayton – Ohio Big Cities’ burbs…

Akron - “I went back to Ohio”

Toledo – Ohio Jobs, Jobs, Jobs….

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1 buckblog December 7, 2007 at 06:49 pm

I spent a week in Akron one day.

2 Maureen McCabe December 7, 2007 at 07:27 pm

I loved Akron when I lived there… and of what I’ve read about the seven big cities if I had to move to another Ohio City, it would be Akron.. but your comment made me laugh Paul. Thanks

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