Tuesday, June 10, 2003

What others are saying

Tell us what you think would help attract or keep young professionals in the Tristate. Check Cincinnati.Com throughout the week to see what others are saying.
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Question the status quo
Cincinnati's young adults are growing up and moving out at alarming rates, prompting a shift in urban approach.

More responses from readers suggesting what Cincinnati can do to keep and attract young professionals:

I fall in to your demographic group of young adults that have left the city, though I would have stayed if I could have. I love the pedestrian zone idea for Main Street. I live in Charlottesville, Va. now and there is a thriving pedestrian zone here. If you want another example besides Beale street, it is here. There is retail as well as entertainment, and I think the mix is important. I also really like the trend of renovating, not tearing down, existing buildings. History is one of the things I love about Cincinnati, and it would be a shame to lose it. Findlay Market looks great. The whole area is attractive and a place I would have considered living at this stage in my life.

Grant Mussman, Charlottesville, Va.
(submitted Sunday, June 8)

As a native, I know Cincinnati has some great features, events and a lot to offer. That written, I think those great features become sterile for the younger generations over time. Events seem to offer nothing new from year to year. I think the younger generations see city council's poor economic development track record as a drawback. Attracting new industry outside of banking, insurance and manufacturing will help retain Cincinnati's younger generations.

Mike Schmaltz, Sparta, Ky.
(submitted Sunday, June 8)

Being a young married person (age 25), I just bought my first house in September. We have already decided that by the time we have kids and they are school age, we are moving out of the city of Cincinnati. The first reason is because the Cincinnati school system is horrible, and even with the new levy it's going to be a horrible district with new buildings. So they need to fix the school system first. Secondly, city council is a joke. They have made so many bad decisions it is remarkable that there is still anybody that wants to live here. They have not redeveloped anything in the last 10 years except for the two new stadiums that do more to help develop Covington and Newport than downtown Cincinnati. Those will be my two reasons why I will move to either Indiana, Northern Kentucky or Butler County.

Darryl Cordrey II, Covedale
(submitted Monday, June 9)

The fact that the mass transit bill was defeated last November by a 70/30 margin shows you the backwards mentality of Cincinnatians. The downtown needs to be rebuilt and needs to be more accessible to people in the suburbs and surrounding areas. I moved away from Cincinnati six months ago and it will be hard for me to convince my girlfriend to someday move back unless the city makes some real progress towards improving itself.

Alex Pantel, Chicago
(submitted Tuesday, June 10)

There needs to more things to do on the weekend, not just clubs and parties, but concerts, plays, etc. You need to create things that will attract Gen Xers across all ethnic backgrounds. Most black urban Gen Xers have no interest in seeing Ozzfest or the Ass Ponys.

Kimberly Brock, East Walnut Hills
(submitted Tuesday, June 10)

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