Originally Posted by vaticanplum
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.
I don't think schools is a problem that is unique to Cincinnati.
As for levys failing, I don't think it's as simple as protecting their wallets as opposed to investing in their future. I do think people want what is best for their kids but I do some work for a market research company. Every so often we do surveys for potential levys in the area. Of course I don't know the whole story for every district but it seems like people don't believe that building new buildings, etc. will do that much good. I hear these people talk about how the school district squanders the money raised from levys passed just recently. It's a small sample size to be sure and I do hear people who are willing and able to vote for levys so maybe it evens out. But I certainly can't blame people who are closer to the situation than I am to not want to throw good money after what they believe is bad.