Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I don't get where the idea is that people "hate" the cities. I think there's a very valid other side to this debate that gets overlooked -- namely that "city life" isn't for everyone. A lot of people enjoy the space and privacy that comes from the suburban lifestyle (having the yard for the kids to play in or for the dog to run in, etc.) and the relative affordability of owning property in the suburbs as opposed to the city. I think it's entirely possible (and indeed, sound policy) to run a State that caters to both types of citizens: urbanites and suburbanites. One way of life isn't inherently evil and the other way of life isn't inherently good.
I think those reasons pale in comparison to the larger reasons why folks care to live in the suburbs and that's crime, schools and cleanliness. I'm sure you could get a lot of bang for the buck if you bought a house in Over the Rhine but who wants to live there? Clean up the crime and folks without kids will come back. Clean up the schoolsand families will return as well. What is it about places like OTR that folks don't pickup there garbage? I understand poverty and all but there's not garbage blowing around in my neighborhood and it doesn't take money to throw your fastfood bags into a garbage can.