Sunday, October 24, 2004

Queen City's grand old flag best in Ohio; Louisville is tops in Ky.

By Cliff Radel
Enquirer staff writer

Cincinnati's flag
Run this up the flagpole: Cincinnati's flag is No. 1 in Ohio.

The Queen City's standard with the red C, white background and blue wavy stripes also ranks No. 22 in a survey ranking the flags of 150 American cities.

Far behind the Queen City came Cleveland (No. 59), Columbus (72), Toledo (94) and Akron (126) in an April-September survey conducted by flag experts, the North American Vexillological Association.

The top spot went to Washington, D.C. Two Tristate cities made the top 10: Indianapolis (8) and Louisville (9).

Pocatello, Idaho, came in dead last. That city's flag just doesn't fly.

Bloated with the trademark and copyright symbols and the slogan "Proud to be Pocatello," the design belongs to the town's chamber of commerce logo.

Ted Kaye, the survey's organizer and Portland, Oregon-based author of Good Flag, Bad Flag ( , said the rankings are "based on the principles of good flag design."

"Cincinnati's flag scored well because it has a very modern look," Kaye said.

Not bad for a flag created in 1895. Cincinnati's banner is a relative old-timer. Louisville's flag is a 1927 model. The flag of Washington, D.C., first flew in 1938. That of Indianapolis is a 1963 design. Pocatello's flag is a mere pup, born in 2001.


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