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Old 10-13-2011, 10:59 AM
Location: Chicago, IL
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Originally Posted by Tex?Il? View Post
I have a new set of five reasons, new and improved:

1. The third largest URBAN college campus in the midwest (or at least in terms of enrollment after U of Minnesota and Ohio state in Columbus Madison, Ann Arbor are not really urban campuses). An institution that big, really brings in some great minds from all around the world, and give a certain hipness, and something for everyone.
While this is a good thing from a distance, the area around campus has a lot of catching up to do before it reaches what Madison's Downtown or High Street in Columbus looks/feels like. While enrollment is up by about 10,000 (~40,000 total) students since I was there about 4 years ago, the neighborhoods around UC really haven't adjusted to be nearly as student oriented as they should be. Mismanagement of redevelopment projects, combined with the glacial pace of change in Cincy are to blame. Also, UC has a nasty rep of being a Commuter School as its "in the Ghetto" which it has to overcome a significant part of the student pop commutes to school instead of living on or around campus (this is also changing but slowly). Student life is non-existent for the size of the school, so I think all the benefits besides the more international population residing in Clifton are kind of negated until these problems can be overcome.

One nasty side effect is the 1960s style Urban Renewal going on in Coryville, which I've mentioned many times before, where to meet student demand the Uptown Consortium is going out of its way to knock down a beautiful historic neighborhood to put up cheap student housing. Also there is a large field where there should be student oriented entertainment/businesses because the University cleared all buildings there and never built anything to replace it due to mismanagement of funds.

When I talk to people I knew in College who still live around campus about how Cincy is finally starting to look up, they tend to shrug and reply, "Well I guess things are getting better Downtown". While part of this is Cincy cynicism, there is some truth as the area around campus needs a lot of work.

In short, Cincinnati does not have an ideal Urban Campus vibe - too many dumb issues to work out. I was always jealous of Columbus when I lived there because there was way more to do, high street is literally like a main drag in a hip neighborhood of Chicago but with uglier buildings. :P

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Old 10-13-2011, 11:13 AM
Location: Philaburbia
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U of M not an urban campus?

OK ...
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Ohiogirl81 View Post
U of M not an urban campus?

OK ...
Well, what I meant by urban is in a city that is at least 300,000 people, immediately surrounded by several hundred thousand people strong suburbs.

Ann Arbor is an AWESOME city, but it is a small city.
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