Re: Why hasn't Cincinnati grown as a city?
Camis is right though, Cincinnati is and isn't safe. It really depends where you are and when you are there. Generally speaking, most places are going to seem more safe at 3pm than at 11pm. Price Hill isn't going to feel as safe as Indian Hill no matter what time it is. Bahama Terrace? No thanks.
But really, Texas Dave had it wrapped up pretty nicely on the last page. Cincinnati has an incredibly high rate of crime. That isn't good for growth. Roughly one third of the people in the area feel it isn't even safe to WORK downtown, much less live there. That isn't going to promote growth.
Let's be honest though, downtown sucked for most of my life. I am 28. Until The Banks were completed, there really wasn't much to do downtown other than head to the museum or go to a sporting event. Shopping seems non-existent for the most part. Sure, there are places down there, but it isn't a destination for shopping for most people. Top it off with it being a hilly city and walking around it isn't a thing of joy either. In fact, it kind of sucks.
There are a bunch of reasons the city hasn't grown. Crime is a big reason for it.