Re: Why hasn't Cincinnati grown as a city?
I'm shocked that no one has mentioned schools.
Every single person I know who has lived in the city limits has moved out once their kids were born. Every single one. And a good number of those still don't send their kids to public schools.
I was privately educated and I'm all for that choice, but if a huge number of families moves out of the city limits to avoid the city schools, then the schools don't get any better and the city doesn't get any bigger.
And every election, I hear about some levy failing in some suburban school district. Extracurriculars cut, buses cut, on and on. People by and large seem more interested in protecting their wallets than investing in the future of their community's kids. Again, that's a personal choice, but there's no question that that's going to hamper community growth in the long-term.
Cincinnatians have a reputation for being averse to change. The most common argument I hear against public transportation in the city is "people like their cars." It's not the only reason I hear; I also hear about inefficient planning and cost (though I hear more complaints than proposed solutions). But mostly I hear about people liking cars. That kind of mentality is stifling long-term. It's why I left (so I'm part of the problem too). I think Cincinnati is a beautiful city and I would love to be able to be closer to my family and my beloved sports teams. But I am a city-dweller, and I have no patience for a city that is averse to investment in its future, averse to change, averse to integration. There's a real sense that change is too hard so why bother? It's defeatest and depressing.
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