Re: Why hasn't Cincinnati grown as a city?
BTW, downtown is absolutely growing - it has been growing about 12% a year since 2009 - not sure any area should grow any quicker than that. It will likely increase over the next few years as the next phases of the Banks and condos in OTR emerge. My guess is that the casino will also significantly help Pendleton and the eastern portion of OTR. There has also been a 25% crime drop in the past 10 years.
Again, downtown Cincinnati is far from perfect but IMO it's much better than any downtown area in the region outside of Chicago.