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Old 12-13-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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But a few questions - Where are the shopping venues? Any unique and classy department stores? Are the music stores and book stores still around? How about eateries - any terrific restaurants located downtown?

I know that the ball teams still have stadiums downtown. I know that the development of the waterfront with the serpentine wall is a positive. But where do you go to see a movie? Are there many restaurants? I know that the former department stores have been turned into "loft" condos, as well as many other commercial buildings, so there are places to live downtown but to buy groceries and general everyday shopping? How safe is it to walk around sightseeing? I understand that the police presence is not as powerful as it was in yesteryear. Comments please.
Good lord man. You really need to revisit Cincinnati.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Downtown Cincinnati does not need to be a destination shopping location for it to be very successful, and I don't think it will be. The riverfront park development, the Banks, redevelopment of OTR, places like Washington Park, are doing wonders to make the downtown a pleasant place to be. I personally like the Great American Tower as I feel it was a distinctive addition to the skyline. Between OTR and the Banks there seems to be no end to new restaurants and places to socialize. With more people living downtown the basic necessities such as groceries, sundries, drugstore, etc. will be addressed.

But I feel far more important is not only more people living downtown, but an atmosphere which will entice more of the people working downtown to desire to stay there for their evening rather than just scurrying back to their home in the suburbs. This is the positive atmosphere I see happening, people not only working downtown but spending their leisure time there also. Restaurants and other social places need a 7-day operation. Just weekends is not enough to sustain them. Unless employees get enough hours to earn a living, reliability, etc. will suffer. So weeknights are important to anyone in the restaurant or bar/lounge business.

It will be interesting to see how the new casino affects that section of downtown when it opens in 3 months.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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The topography and character of the city is heartwarming; however, from what I read and see online, and opinions of some who still live there - the city has changed, and not necessarily for the better.
The view coming round the bend from the airport is still enough to cause a lump in the throat and I get choked up with a feeling of nostalgia.

But a few questions - Where are the shopping venues? Any unique and classy department stores? Are the music stores and book stores still around? How about eateries - any terrific restaurants located downtown?

I know that the ball teams still have stadiums downtown. I know that the development of the waterfront with the serpentine wall is a positive. But where do you go to see a movie? Are there many restaurants? I know that the former department stores have been turned into "loft" condos, as well as many other commercial buildings, so there are places to live downtown but to buy groceries and general everyday shopping? How safe is it to walk around sightseeing? I understand that the police presence is not as powerful as it was in yesteryear. Comments please.
I recommend you revisit downtown since it sounds like you haven't been here in decades. It's not the same city. And there are more restaurants than you can possibly visit.
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