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Someone passed an unwritten rule that its verboten to criticize businesses downtown and they never told me about it.
Donald said...
Just because it's not your cup of tea,
"no one" goes there? That's almost as bad as the downtown bashers who shout
about downtown but keep their asses firmly planted in the suburbs
No, its not almost as bad, its not even in the building or even on the same block as "almost as bad".
For one thing I'm out and about almost every night downtown leaving no stone unturned, scraping the last bit of interesting off the sidewalks of downtown Cincinnati. I love this place more than anywhere else I've ever been.
So, if I go somewhere and I'm bored, maybe thats more of a statement about just how much there is to do here.
Maybe it is what it is, boring.
Whatever, I was bored out of my skull.
I'm not sitting on my couch being a dittohead saying downtown is boring because thats what all my lame suburban neighbors are saying and heaven forbid I have a different opinion than everyone else around me, I'm actually there finding out for myself.
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  1. I see your point, but I also see others' points. I think you're talking past each other. "No one goes there" is an empirical statement, not an opinion. Strictly speaking, it's inaccurate, because some people do go there. Apparently not enough people, though, since they are closing.

    The way you said it is dismissive, in that you're basically saying no one goes there because it sucks, and it sucks because no one goes there. It's a chicken-or-the-egg thing, and it's the same chicken-or-the-egg argument people use about Downtown generally. One which is widely viewed by Downtown advocates as fallacious.

    If you just clarify that you're not that into jazz in its own right, which I think is the heart of the problem, rather than using the chicken-or-the-egg argument, people will probably take more of an "agree to disagree" approach to your opinion.

  2. My thought is if you want to improve downtown, you should praise the good stuff and criticize the bad stuff. In the long term, this will help create more good stuff to do downtown. So, that's what I try to do ...Also, I think never criticizing hurts one's credibility. I can say that while I subscribe to most local blogs, I'm more likely to follow the recommendations of the blogs that will call out the mediocre.

  3. I don't always agree with your opinion, but I do LOVE the fact that you say it.

    and ultimately... who cares otherwise?!

  4. I think Cadillac Ranch is boring too!

    ......oh, wait a second...

  5. Bob, the day you start serving some all-seeing, busybody group of "Downtown [sic] advocates" is the day your blog will lose its place in my RSS reader. Groupthink is the worst thing about the most annoying social circles in any place, and it's evident even in my beloved downtown Cincinnati. (I remember people being horrified when I pointed out that the food at Hangout X was disgusting, and that the service was horrific. "But it's a downtown institution!" is no excuse for bad business.)

    Stay true to your opinions and ideas. People who want to tell you how to blog have bigger problems than you or I can imagine. Spare a thought for them or say a prayer, but don't let them give you "help" with your blog. You're doing just fine here and have been for more than three years now.

  6. Your opinion means nothing if you say that you love everything. In order to earn the respect of others you have to be fair -- which means being honest. Someone I respect once told me that (thoughtful) criticism raises the bar. I really believe that.

  7. Preach on! Criticism does bring improvement. Some of us are just elated there are options to choose from now. Others want "good" options.

    I call it the "FB's Conundrum". I dont care for FB's, not my crowd or scene, plus they leave cigarette butts everywhere (though they did install a container this week, along with a drunk cage), and they recycle 0% of their trash (which is 99% glass and boxes).


    There should be a scene for everyone. Not just me. And it brings people downtown to eat at Nada or Cafe de Wheels prior to gettin' down. So in this case the end does justify the means.

    PS- sorry for the rant. Good to see they are taking steps.

  8. Wow, this is like the feud between Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal. Except it's not. At all.

  9. Dude, you are doing fine, Jackie nailed it. Next topic

  10. Not to lose the substance of the post, but the picture is empirically awesome.

    Just to echo the voices of the comments above, some criticism adds cred.

  11. Oh please. The entire popularity of this blog and this person is based on someone strategically (emphasis) thrusting themself into the spotlight as a cool kid. It works because of the very "dittoheads" heads he mentions flocking behind him.

    He is old. He is relatively uncool. Beyond the helm of social media enthralled Cincinnati and a handful of others, he's a nobody. At best, he's someone with too much disposable income and time who has found a group of dorky sheep who have never felt this cool in their life.

    Groupthink is 5chw4rt7z.

    Granted, he deserves props for achieving a marketing scheme for himself, but like all "business" ventures, don't expect everyone to blow smoke up your ass.

  12. You're right, I should be a nobody and leave anonymous comments on blogs.
    Look where its got you.
    You're Anonymous!