Originally Posted by wolfboy
3CDC has invested over 350 million dollars in the city's core and OTR since its inception. That's serious investment in the city's future. While many are averse to change, I'd argue that a strong majority has been raising the banner of change and innovation for quite some time. Look at the work the city's Park Board has done lately. I'd also argue that the city is making great strides in integration. Have you visited Washington Park since its remodel? You'd think you were somewhere in New York, not Cincinnati. Have you followed the work the Port Authority is attempting to do in Bond Hill?
For me, the defeatest and depressing aspect is in the fact that we refuse to rally around the city. The tired resignation that this city will always be second class is what holds it back. In fact, the responses in this thread have only bolstered my theory. I've witnessed an almost universal failure to recognize the great strides Cincinnati has made in the last few years. What's the response to being named a top three travel destination? A snicker. It's really mind boggling to me.
Of course, maybe that's the heart of the problem. We all want the best for the city, we're just not willing to roll up our sleeves and do the hard work to get it done. It's much easier to say things will never change. It's much easier to ignore the hard work and progress. It's much easier to criticize from afar and wait for the momentum to sputter out. Sometimes it's much easier to move away.
This is actually a more accurate way of expressing what I wanted to say. I want to be clear that what I find defeatest and averse to change *is* general attitudes of residents, not necessarily what the city is doing. I have been to Washington Park, I have been bowled over by the new section of OTR, and I haven't even seen the Banks yet, but I was very impressed with the plans, particularly the green space, as you mention.
And my family, for example -- which is huge and diverse in terms of interests -- barely knows that this exists. I believe that one person in the entire family has seen any of these things. If you ask them anything about what is happening in Cincinnati, they will make some comment about the ineptness of city council, something catty about how long the Banks took to be built, and move on.
Obviously, that's not everybody, but I have found it more widespread than I have other places. That, attitude, is a much harder thing to change than things themselves. People seem to take comfort, even pride, in their city being stuck. I just find it very frustrating. It's like Cubs fandom.
And Chip, I do think that attitude spreads to schools differently than it does other places. The resignation of the quality of city schools is far worse than anywhere else I've lived. The schools themselves may not be worse, but with that attitude, it's harder for them to improve. Nowhere else, nowhere else I have lived (and I have moved a lot) have 100% of adults I know moved out of the city limits when their kids reached school age.