Re: Why hasn't Cincinnati grown as a city?
As for the original question posed in this thread, I am by no means a Cincinnati expert. I was born in Cincinnati and my parents were born and raised, but I didn't live there for a significant part of my life. However, I have visited there a lot ever since my childhood. However, my visits were somewhat sheltered I would say until I was able to drive.
I can remember many moons ago driving through OTR and it being 1 of the scariest places I had ever seen, still to this day. I didn't even get out of the car and I could see drug deals going down in plain daylight. From what some have said here, that has been cleared up? At least to some degree?
I used to drive sometimes from Indy to Cincinnati to go to shows at Bogarts as well. That venue has always gotten great shows. I remember having a ticket to a show I bought in advance and it was during the race riots and the show being cancelled! I wouldn't say the UC campus was as scary as OTR, but I definitely felt like I had to be alert. But it seemingly improved a bit over the years up until the time I left Indianapolis. But now it sounds like it may be worse?
Downtown has come leaps and bounds from what it used to be. I used to be a bit worried about going downtown to games, but I think the way they've transformed down there has been awesome.
I'm sure there are still some rough areas and scary parts, but I guess I haven't had any reason to go there, unless Vine near UC counts. It's not a perfect city and there's still work to do, but it has come a long way over the last decade or two.