Posts Tagged ‘Cincinnati

29
Jan
09

Almost half of Americans want to live somewhere else

The Pew (pew pew pew) says that almost half of Americans want to live somewhere else.
One of the cities lowest on the desirability list, though, is Cincinnati.

The last two paragraphs were particularly interesting:
Brianna Fahey lives in a city the survey says an overwhelming majority of Americans would prefer not to live in: Cincinnati. Like many other large Midwestern and Northeastern cities, Cincinnati ranks near the bottom on people’s lists of ideal spots.

For Fahey, 30, Cincinnati is truly home. She grew up in North College Hill, a suburb where her parents and friends still live, but bought a downtown condo after college. She gets by without a car in a city that has few mass transit options. “I like the self-sufficiency of the city,” she says. “It’s a good place to be in all stages of life.”

I find this comment.. well.. odd.

Cincinnati, to me, does not seem to be all too self-sufficient. I live in Walnut Hills, but taking the bus is difficult – it’s very unreliable, and most routes over 2 miles (to areas I need to go) need a transfer. Or two.

But, ok, mass transit in Cincinnati sucks. But just because a few aspects suck doesn’t mean that the city, as a whole sucks.

I suppose I ended up here by chance. I was raised in the country, ended up in Cincy for the sole reason of my boyfriend living here. There was no particular reason, other than the boyfriend, that I moved here.

I really enjoy it, though. From the front, without knowing anything of the city, I can see why people think it sucks. Downtown is dead, no good public transport, mainly conservative (after all, whenever Bush visited he went straight to Indian Hills – they closed down the highways and brushed all the homeless people from under the bridges.)

But, underneath – Cincinnati is vibrant. Cincinnati is growing. There is a huge liberal and artistic undercurrent, support of reproductive rights and gay rights and other “liberal” areas. We have a great assortment of restaurants – they can be hard to find, but once you do find them – they are a treasure. Our library system never fails to impress me, we have a huge assortment of liberal hippy stores – Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and indie natural and organic stores. We have people dedicating their lives to revitalizing downtown, OTR, Walnut Hills. The cost of living is still low, we have great bloggers who bring Cincinnati’s qualities to the forefront. Cincinnati is growing, changing, and it’s wonderful. Will I never move from here? I doubt it. There are bigger cities calling, but I can say that I am enjoying my time in Cincinnati and enjoying all that it offers.




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