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Old 01-04-2013, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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motorman... Very well done. You summarized some of the outstanding attributes of the City. The problem is there are so many facets to comment on, the list just keeps getting longer and longer.

Which is why I limited my original comment on this to say the People of Cincinnti, both past generations and current. The people who conceived and built all of these things, without the people they would not exist. The current generations who are the conservators of what exists plus the planners of the future, hopefully in harmony.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who created large commercial successes but kept their roots firmly connected to Cincinnati. The first to come to mind are the Proctors and the Gambles, followed by Barney Kroger and more recently Carl Lindner Jr. Kept their businesses and their interests right here in Cincinnati.

The national joke about Cincinnati being 10 years behind the rest of the country. I consider it a complement. This has been an extremely attractive place to live for a long time, good family environment. Who do you think P&G, Kroger, American Financial, and others appeal to - families.

Oh yes, one I forgot - Macys. Everyone associates Macys with NYC, which it well should be. In Cincinnati there was the John Shillito Co., a premier department store in its day. As a competitor there was the Fred Lazarus company in Columbus. Lazarus started an organization called Federated Department Stores. They merged with Shillitos, probably more an acquisition by Lazarus, who for whatever reason moved the corporate headquarters to Cincinnati. Over time the Shillitos were rebranded Lazarus.

Over time the department store business changed significantly. Old Cincinnati department stores like McAlpins (Dillards) closed downtown, others like Pogues just closed period, Mabley & Crew and Rollmans had bit the dust earlier. Along the line Federated had both grown and shrunk considerably. An outfit in Atlanta acquired the rights to Macys, as well as Mays out ot of St Louis. They apparently did not know quite what to do with them especially financially. Federated Dept. Stores in Cincinnati acquired the rights to Macys, a major brand name coup. So we now have Macys headquartered in Cincinnati. This still goes back to the resiliency. Federated maintained a position where they could buy up others who were facing bankruptcy. So now we are the headquarters of Macys - who would a thunk it?
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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The parks. We spend many weekends walking and exploring the parks. We usually end up walking from Friendship Park through Sawyer Point and up through Smale. We usually top that off by heading up to Fountain Square and grabbing a cup of coffee at Tazza Mia. We make a point to visit Washington Park, Eden Park, Ault, Alms, Mt. Echo, and Mt. Storm as well. This year we spent many days going up to Bellevue and staring down at the city. Amazing views!
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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The parks. We spend many weekends walking and exploring the parks. We usually end up walking from Friendship Park through Sawyer Point and up through Smale. We usually top that off by heading up to Fountain Square and grabbing a cup of coffee at Tazza Mia. We make a point to visit Washington Park, Eden Park, Ault, Alms, Mt. Echo, and Mt. Storm as well. This year we spent many days going up to Bellevue and staring down at the city. Amazing views!
In no order of importance, Sawyer Point, Smale, Fountain Square, Washington Park, Bellvue and Fairview are my favorites and most frequented.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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I've never gotten over the generosity and kindness of the people I met in Cinti in my almost 20 years living there.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Covington, KY
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I've never gotten over the generosity and kindness of the people I met in Cinti in my almost 20 years living there.
As I said in another thread, a town is the people in it, and I agree with you wholeheatedly about the attitude around. Personally, I was kind of wondering about some real object or whatever of special interest. (I can easily live without the chili and the goetta and you don't have to be in Cincinnati to get those.)
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:07 PM
 
Location: OH
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I'd say the simple fact it is home. Having moved away some seven years ago I realize no matter how many professional contacts I make or colleagues I consider friends they are no surrogates for family and friends from my childhood and college.

I really miss the ability to catch a quick Reds game, Bearcats game, or even Bengals game. Living 100 miles away attending games is limited to weekends and holidays due to the work week and even then making arrangements to stay with friends, family, or a hotel is an inconvenience. It would be nice to simply drive down to Great American Ballpark on a Tuesday night and pick up some tickets at the window and drive home at 9 PM and call it a night. Can't do that living where I do.
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