Review of Cincinnati, Ohio

Star Rating - 8/6/2018
I grew up here, left for the east coast for a decade, and returned. Now, I regret it every f@cking day!

While not quite in as bad of shape as many other cities in this region and it culturally has a number of offerings, what really makes it bad is it is ultra-conservative socially. You've got racists here, but unlike other places here the racists win. It's very've got this Ohio vs Kentucky and Eastside vs Westside dynamic....there is absolutely no unity. Then, your neighborhood choices are either working class/redneck that are aggressive and pick fights or nouveau riche that think they are entitled. There is almost nothing in between. Not to sound arrogant, but I'm told and am considered to be attractive, polished, and a good dresser. Never had problems fitting in and socializing on the east coast, but in this city I am very actively snubbed. Overall, the people are very rude. Sure, they can be rude on the east coast, but at least there I don't feel like I'm singled out.
| Dayton, OH | Send Message
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As the saying goes, "perception is reality". Your review is interesting and, whereas, I've observed some of what you're saying, my experience has been fairly different. I've also been here almost a year but am not originally from Cincy. I lived in the South for almost 30 years and have been delighted at how easily people of various backgrounds and races relate to each other HERE. I've seen/heard no racism in this area and I find people overall quite friendly and noticeably more polite and thoughtful than in the South. I am very thankful that I don't run into social justice warriors everywhere and protests in the streets constantly. Rarely does anyone bring up anything political when I'm out socially. If they do, it's a Dem wanting to unload some of their perpetual unhappiness onto others. There is a bit of an undercurrent here of Ohioans thinking their side of the river is better, and that Eastside is nicer (it is) than Westside but it's not a dominant factor in living. Most cities have preferred/not preferred areas and degrees of snobbishness. I like much about Cincy metro except for the weather. Ugh, that has been a big adjustment for me.
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