like most rust U.S. cities cincinnati has been in a backslide for 20-30 years. When your in the middle of it, you barely notice the glacier like movements, but when you stand back you can see the grooves left in its wake. Our identity as a hard scrabble city with tough hard core characters with heart has been replace by nondescript, blank generic america. And we insist on that. Every attempt to call attention and preserve what once was has been stomped out like so many ants so the global conglomerates can come in and take their place. Pete Rose and Marge Schott were seen as these over the top personalities with crazy points of view, have moved on from our little burg and replaced by no one. There void says more than their presence .
To be a great person one must take on a better than normal point of view. This is what we lose when we homogenize all of our thinking. Great people are great because they hate the normal. So it is all or nothing. Pete wanted to win at everything all the time. eventually you lose, but he played more and harder in one day then most people do in a lifetime, He was all in, all the time. Marge took what could have been a passive role of inheritance and made it her own.
30 years ago we had an entire economy based and owned in cincinnati. An economy we could own and benefit from. 20 years ago we stood to inherit this and we passed.
Stores like Pogues, Shillitos, Swallens, Stienbergs, and many more, Hughes Music in Norwood, All have been replaced by national/ global interests. The down side is the money that is make from these ventures instead of going back into our local ecomony gets sent to other towns, and countries. So when you buy a TV from walmart the money goes to a group of people who don’t live, eat, or shop here. So it is money going out and not coming back. We get money coming in from some of our big companies, but we are in a global fight now. A fight we must win or lose everything. And yes it really is that big of a deal.