Originally Posted by Ltlabner
Yep. Appethetic that they'll get anything done. Appethetic, that based on the track record down there, that they will pull it off without frittering away millions and making poor decisions that prevent the area from being utilized well. Apethetic that they are still working on acomplishing something more than some spiffy artist renderings. So far they haven't given me much reason to have googly-eyed optimisim about the project.
There have been people "working incredibly hard" and "devoting their lives" to county and city govenerments for years. While they might get an A for effort and dedication, and I'm sure they are really nice people, they have to receive a solid F for overall results county/city wide (ok, a genrous D since there have been some signs of improvements in some various areas latley). And that track record doesn't give one much hope for future sucess with respect to the Banks. Of course I'm apathetic. But it's on them to win me back. There isn't a kabuki-feel good-support your local gunslinger onus on me to be their chearleader. It's the other way round.
It's very telling that what appears to be the first real steps forward have been accomplished after BCast and his working group took the bull by the horns. I don't think he's a "Banks-Mesiah" but he's and his group are from outside and county/city governement establishment which says a lot.
Bob Castellini most certainly has a lot to do with it. He's one of the people to whom I'm referring.
Cincinnati city council is incompetent in a lot of ways and I'm not making excuses for them. If you're someone who's really willing to be swayed by action, then I think you're of a great mindset, exactly as you should be: wanting action to prove things to you, but willing to be open to that possibility. I just run into a lot of people who pass things off as "never happening" and don't give it a second thought. City council approves the plans and figures out the money, but the general tenre of the public has a lot to do with what happens to a developing city. And the public tenre here is far worse than those in charge. At some point, the citizens
of Cincinnati have to accept that they too hold some reponsibility toward the attitude and actual physical changes of their own downtown.