today i found a great post by a guest blogger over there called in defense of the suburbs. jennifer, the guest blogger, talks about why she likes living in the suburbs and how she is sick of people who judge her negatively based on where she lives:
Why, then, do I read so many blog posts, news stories and message board comments that angrily assume that my zip code determines my love for or loathing of Cincinnati? If I'm to believe everything I read online, I'm a scared suburbanite and a silly sheep. I cross the streets to avoid other races. I am blind to the small business owner's plight and the beauty of Porkopolis. Oh, please.when my friend denise was visiting from new york a few weekends ago, she commented that she was surprised at how well-informed everyone she met was about local politics and issues, and how so many people were so insistent their neighborhood was the best. i thought it was interesting to hear her viewpoint, as someone who really knows nothing about cincinnati.
Why do so many people feel the need to bash where I live? Most responses to my answer when asked are to the effect of "Why the hell do you live all the way out there?" Or worse, people are surprised by my love of museums and festivals and by my knowledge of local history when they discover I'm not a city dweller.
My answer to these jeers is this: I live all the way out here because I like it. I frequent Downtown because I like it too. The two are not mutually exclusive.
denise really liked all the different areas of town that we visited (downtown, otr, hyde park, oakley, northside, clifton) and i think it is important for us to remember that all areas of the city, and the suburbs, have cool things to offer. for example, i love west chester and mason because although it's mostly strip malls and manicured lawns, you can find some of the best food in the city up there because of all the foreign p&g execs living up there. and if you want laotian food, you'll find that in anderson. indian hill has a full on farm with some of the best eggs you will ever eat. ok these are all food related (sorry) but that is what i know about.
the point i am trying to make is that i think we should remember to look closely at all areas of the city before writing them off because there are a lot of hidden gems in all areas of cincinnati. we already have enough trash talking that goes on between the west side and east side... i hope we don't turn into a place that divides itself up even more.