Love of your city...

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My name is Ryan, and I love my city.

Cincinnati is a good place. I like it for many a reason. It's just over 2 million people, which is large, but it's not ginormous. Just right if you ask me.

Cincinnati-civilwar

Typically, I can find just about anything I would like to do within a 50 mile range. We've got rivers, lakes, beaches, mountains (okay, big hills), places to hike, places to ski, a giant aquarium, a great zoo, music venues, historical districts, quirky local foods, city life, world's greatest grocery stores, country fare, sports arenas (with terrible teams), art galleries, museums, markets, theater, parks galore...

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...and the list could go on and on. We're one of the only places I know with an annual temperature swing of over 100 degrees. It usually gets over a hundred degrees several times a year and drops below zero degrees just as often. We will have weeks were it's 75 degrees on Monday and 28 degrees on Thursday. This is Cincinnati.

I just like it here.

Sign near Findlay Market

Who are you, where are you living, and what do you like about your city?

51 waggish utterances thus far...:

klskiles said...

I live in Harrisburg, PA and I like that I'm close to Hershey Park! :) Harrisburg is Ok, I live in the suburbs so I'm close to everything, but not too close. Since it is the capitol, everything happens here. We have some really nice stores too.

Alex said...

I'm currently studying abroad in Santiago, Chile and it's nice here and everything but it can't hold a candle to Portland, OR which is my usual port of call. Portland has mountains, ocean an hour away, amazing culture, it's a low city (not tons of skyscrapers) so you can always see the sky. It has incredible diversity in terms of neighborhoods so pretty much everyone can find the right niche. But don't let on that I told you this, we want Portland to stay exactly as it is and if too many people hear the good news we might turn into ::shudder:: Seattle.

BrianTheGirl said...

I live in St. Louis MO
we have the Arch :)
in all honesty though I live in St Charles which isnt too far from St Louis City. We are kind of confusing cause you can live 30 minutes away from St Louis and claim that you live in St Louis
Its all good though.
But we have the Arch and thats cool.

Snobound said...

I currently live in the greater Atlanta area, and I LOVE IT. My little burb is quaint but I have all the conveniences of ATL in my own backyard. We moved here from Northern Maine, which was about as extreme in climate as you can get in the lower 48 (summertime high of mid 90's and winter time average of -30 below zero - and that's before the windchill), and we were 3.5 hours away from any kind of civilization. Before Maine, we lived in Florence, KY (a burb of Cinci) and we loved it there too. I still miss shopping at Jungle Jim's!

The Sprechers said...

I'm in Fenton, MO (just south of St. Louis) and it's lovely! We're known as the City of Parks and it's nestled in the hills along the Meramec River.

the rasbachs said...

i live in Nashville, TN. my husband and i love it here. you can check out my blog for city pics. i like cincy's skyline too.

Holy Crappers said...

I live in Philadelphia, hence the name Philly. Right now I live in the burbs right outside the city. Still close enough to get a good cheese steak with or a soft pretzel off of a dirty person on the corner.

Go Phillies !!

#1

Bridge said...

Fort Worth, Texas. Beautiful old homes, legitimate cowboys wearing legitimate cowboy hats in working stockyards (and elsewhere around town). Bass Hall, where we get the same big musicals and concerts that go through Dallas. Beautiful park along the Trinity River, and the free botanical gardens across the street. The biggest honky tonk in the world. And friendly people. Almost as good as Cinci.

Annie said...

I live in Lafayette, IN, and I love it. It's a great place to have a young family, we have a wonderful church community, and we love our neighborhood of old homes. We'd be happy if we never move from here...

T5M said...

Maine rocks...the ocean breeze can sweep you off of your feet ...and that's just from the aroma (lobstah!). It's beautiful here, I feel so blessed to live in a place where so many vacation. It's paradise all year through.

Kimberly said...

LOL @ Alex...

I live in Tacoma, WA, about 35 miles South of Seattle.

All you have to do is google Tacoma and you find all sorts of wonders. I love it here because, like Ryan states, you can find anything you want within 50 miles.. And we have the Mtns Ryan... less than 2 hrs from us. I love the sunrises & sunsets here. I love the moon. We had an awesome moon show last night. I was telling my husband I wish I had a camera that took night shots so I could get some of the moon. There was an awesome reflection on the bay... Just like in the movies! If you're at all interested you can view what little of I have of my pix here:
http://tinyurl.com/3rkwep
I don't have very many... but if you click into my main gallery you can see a bunch of other image albums.

Tanya said...

I live in a Wellington,CO a really small town..1 stoplight, 3 gas stations. The great part is that my kids know so many people and attend school at an awesome school district. I work in a larger city a 25 minute drive away and my home feels like I am on vacation every time I pull into the driveway. We are 10 minutes from downtown Fort Collins CO with nice restaurants and theater. Denver is only 40 minutes drive away with everything else we could ever want. I feel like we have the best of all worlds. I have lived in Northern Colorado my whole life and this is by far my favorite place.

crabapple said...

I live about 30 miles NE of Indianapolis IN. I live in an old, small town. I love the quiet of the small town. That being said, I work in downtown Indy and absolutely LOVE it. If I were younger or older (read: have no children) I would love to live downtown. Within walking distance of my office is the zoo, the canal, Victory Field (baseball diamond), Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Colts), Conseco Fieldhouse (home of the Pacers), IUPUI, a lovely public library, the historical society, monument circle, a fabulous mall, a lovely arts district and fabulous restaurants and pubs. And there are now many apartments/townhomes/condos downtown.

I love my city!

Kelly said...

Really-are our sports teams that bad, Ryan? Have you seen the new WEBN sign about the Bengals? Instead of Who Dey it says Where Dey. Cracks me up everytime I see it. But yes I love Cincinnati also. Besides all of the things you mentioned, it is a great place to raise a family.

Twinmommy2boys said...

I live in Choctaw Oklahoma. We just moved here 4 months ago. I love that it feels that you are living in the country. I have horsed out my back window and have seen deer and coyotes as well. However the big city of is just 15 mins away. My kids have room to run and play and when we want to city we just drive 15 mins.

Kat said...

Currently, I'm living in Muncie, Indiana -- 45 minutes NE of Indianapolis. I'm currently here studying at Ball State -- and I love it. It's a nice change of pace, since I'm originally from the 'burbs of St. Louis. I know that people always make fun of Muncie - but it really isn't that bad. There are so many worse places where I could be living.

However, in January I'll be moving to London (UK) to study there. So that will be over 7 million people, which is terrifying. But I love new experiences, so we'll see.

Ida said...

I live in Austin,TX, a city that I raised in. I went away for college and when I graduated I moved back. I love Austin, with its independent funky vibe, all the live music venues, and the great local businesses. There are some things that I could do without, like the evening traffic or the fact that it is October and still in the 80s temp. wise, and all the condos going up around town. However, I think its pretty awesome that in a red state, Austin is a little blue dot, and that we have unofficial bummer stickers that say "Keep Austin Weird".

Krista said...

I live in Hurst, Texas. There is very little I do not love about my city. It's in the middle of Fort Worth and Dallas so everything is convenient. Zoos, sports teams at all levels, plays, concerts, decent weather in the winter (I came here from Canada brrrr), tons of county events every weekend to keep the kids entertained ... what more could a girl ask for?

Not Too Old said...

I live in Plano, TX, a suburb of Dallas. I'm a 7th generation Texan and have lived in the Dallas area for over 20 years. Plano has a rep for being materialistic and shallow (the highest average household income in the country) however for our family it has a wonderful small town feel. We're close enough to Dallas to enjoy the cultural scene, but far enough away to avoid the traffic and big city problems. The schools are the best in the state - the main reason we chose to live here.

And to reply to Bridge's comment, I prefer Fort Worth to Dallas for entertainment - the zoo, museums, night life, and most important - the Bar-B-Q - is far better in Fort Worth!

Susie said...

I live in Vacaville, CA, and I love it because it is within 3 hours of the mountains, the Napa Valley, Yosemite, Sacramento & San Francisco, the ocean, and 6 major professional sports teams. All of this should be a huge draw for our southern relatives to come visit. I keep hoping...:) Southern relatives--are you reading this??? Southern relatives...?

Kelly said...

Erie, PA. We get to enjoy all 4 seasons. We're right on the lake. The city isn't too far from the country. I feel safe.

Hannah said...

I am in Pleasant Grove, UT- about 30 minutes south of Salt Lake City. It is a smaller town leaving much to be desired, but I like being nestled close to the mountains and having easy access to both our families. This is a great topic for a post as we are nearing the end of school and looking at other states to possible relocate to! Lots of good looking cities here :)

darl_jo said...

another utahn here. I live in central/southern utah. We have the best views of the mountains (real mountains) and are very close to several great fishing spots. We live close enough to national parks to make a day trip of it and still be back by night to sleep in our own beds. I live in quite a small town, with the hardworking men and women and families. Its a cute town and i love it dearly but its nowhere close to anything convinient that's offered in the big cities. Just the necessity places. I've only lived in small towns so the idea of living in a large town is so very appealing to me. I feel like i'm missing out on so much.

Debbie said...

We live on Snead Island here in Palmetto, Florida. Terra Ceia Bay is our backyard and we frequently see manatees, dolphins and pelicans. It is heaven on earth and I thank God everyday. We have beautiful beaches, tropical weather and we are 20 minutes from Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. GO RAYS!!!!!!

Laurie said...

I live in a podunk town located in Texas with a population of 353 citizens. We have a baseball field that you can catch a game at if it happens to be baseball season. We have a school that where you can go play on the slide if you like. Fast food is 18 miles away from my house. The only place to get gas or groceries closes at 9:oopm during the summer and 8:00pm during the winter. But I can walk out my front door and see the stars. The neighbors across the street are cows. The only gangs here are a group of wild turkeys that roam around as well as a some guinea hens my dogs like to chase.

I love my home. I love my small town. I love Texas.

Sharon said...

Born and raised and lived in Baton Rouge all my life (except for a two-year boyfriend chasing stint in Pensacola). Geaux Tigers!!!! . . . and just 60 short minutes away from the best food in the world.

The worst part? Summer lasts for a full nine months - I've spent many a Christmas in shorts. And it's not the heat it's the stupidity . . . er humidity.

Zach and Amanda said...

I feel it is a privilage to be the third person to rant about the Pacific Northwest. I have lived in Portland, OR for the past three years--My husband and I moved out so he could get his masters at Multnomah University. I second everything Alex said, especially the culture. We are so in love with the diversity of the culture. We like to say that it is a living lab--a place to engross yourself in a big world.

On the other hand, I confess there is not a day that goes by that I do not stand in amazement of the view of Mt. Hood. It never ceases to take my breath away and reminds me how little I am.

Cheri said...

I live in Rochester, Minnesota. Home of the world famous Mayo Clinic...and many awards...
Rochester is consistently named as one of the nation’s top cities to live. Here’s a look at a few of Rochester's rankings...

September 2007: National Geographic Adventure included Rochester on a list of top 50 Adventure Cities.

2003: Forbes Magazine ranked Rochester #6 on a list of “Small Places to Run a Business and Pursue a Career.”

2003: Rochester was ranked #37 on Men’s Journal’s list of “The 50 Best (Healthiest, Safest, Sexiest) Places to Live.”

2000: Rochester was voted “Best Small City in America” by Money magazine

1993-97: Rochester placed in the top three rankings in Money magazines “Best Places to Live” five times.

It's also a wonderful place to raise a family.
I grew up in Northwest Indiana, then lived in Endicott, NY for 12 years. Rochester & Endicott are better than NW Indiana

Cheri said...

Ryan...are you "teaching" this weekend? I'm coming to the Nati!

j_mckinnon said...

I live in a small town outside of Calgary, Alberta up here in Canada. It's strange to be in a small town after growing up in Las Vegas but I love it here. We have big hills too! We also have the Rocky Mountains and we're in the mountains as often as we can make it without freezing our limbs off. We have snow and heat and ice and sun all year no matter what the temperature.

I'm a born and raised Las Vegas girl but I've grown to love Western Canada. There's something majestic about the combination of mountains and ocean.

Sherry said...

I was born and raised in West Chester, OH. I lived in OH until I was 32. It was hard to leave.I agree with you on all the great things there are to do in the Cincinnati area. I really miss that part but I don't miss the weather much except for the wonderful fall days. It was my favorite time of the year. I live in SC now and though I love it here, I miss the varity of things to do in OH. When I read your blog, I miss everything good about Cincinnati. I love the pictures you had in your blog today. There is nothing like coming home and coming over the hill in KY and seeing the Cincinnati skyline. It makes my heart jump every time. I'm proud to be a Buckeye even though some of the folks down here think they insult me when they say it is just a nut. If they only knew.

Jen said...

Hail from Darwin, Northern Territory.... Australia. Capital for the laid back. 90F pretty much all year 'round, gorgeous tropical monsoon storms (which, incidentally, give the best lightning shows EVER), and simply the cleanest air you'll find out of the rainforests. Can we say no smoke stacks?! Yes we can!!

3kids2jobs1dog.com said...

Ditto, my friend.

Yay for Cincinnati!!

And hey - at least the Cyclones aren't that bad...

Sonja Chandler said...

Awwww I miss seeing Cincy.
I lived there from 1981-1988. (jr. high and high school years)
My best friend is still there.(Hamilton) I am visiting soon. I will enjoy driving through the city once again, and when I do, this time I will be thinking 'hey Ryan and Allison and Ava beans live somewhere right around here (love the internet and meeting new people)
Currently I am in Nasville (followed a musician here-dumb move right?)But I learned a lot then met my husband-wooo hooo)
Nashville is a really great place also, like Cincy. Lots to do. Big city feel yet with a bit of a small town feel also.

We love it here. But I can't wait to see my best friend in two weeks and get me some Skyline Chili. Oh yeah baby!!

Scott Fillmer said...

R- wow, some super shots of the city, always enjoyed the few times we visited. Love the panoramic at night

Lo said...

i live just outside of Chicago. we've got a love/hate thing goin' on. i love that we're the only city in the country that has a downtown beach. i love our skyline. navy pier. shedd aquarium, field museum, sears tower, yummy amazing restaurants (even viagra triangle i adore) but man, i hate the el. i hate the snow. i hate parrelel parking.


Chicago is a fiesty mistress, indeed.

Kate said...

Sioux Falls, SD. Big enough for culture, small enough for comfort. I feel this is my home. I've lived many places, but after four years here, I enjoy saying I'm from Sioux Falls. I'm a Midwest girl through and through.

Laufa and Roy said...

I'm Laufa.
I live in Indianapolis. We live on the outskirts of the circle. Because the interstates were made, it circles the city..."Circle City". We are close enough to downtown to go to museums or the zoo. Yet we are out far enough, that at the end of our block is a corn field and about a mile down the road is a couple of animal farms. It's nice to say you live in the country, but just barely.

nerves05 said...

I live in Macclenny, Fl. its in North Florida about 30 mins west of Jacksonville, FL Which is where i'm originally from. I love it. I call it god's country. It's in the woods. It's quiet, Peaceful, not a lot of traffic. Good friendly country people. Jacksonville is a nice town but it's getting pretty croweded which is why i moved away allthough i work there so i'm there everyday. Jacksonville has just about anything you could ever want in a town. Any store, food places, parks, beaches, and the river, you name it we've got it, and we have one of the biggest suspension bridges in the US. I live far enough outside of j'ville for peace and close enough for comfort.

pam said...

I live in a suburb of Sacramento, CA. I am 90 minutes from the gorgeous San Francisco and the beautiful northern Pacific coast and only 3 hours from the stunning Carmel. I can be in the Giant Redwoods by lunchtime. I am 45 minutes from the green rolling hills of the Napa wine country, 20minutes from the breathtaking Sierra mountains and 90 minutes from Lake Tahoe. The summers are hot - never humid - and the winters are brisk but never snows. And as if that wasn't enough, I have 3 Trader Joe's grocery stores within easy driving distance. Life is good.

nerves05 said...

Oh and i forgot we also the Jacksonville Jaguares. How could i forget that,
Lord have mercy.

YT said...

I live in Austin, TX, but I don't love it. Don't get me wrong, it's nice here, clean, people are friendly, I live in a nice neighborhood, but this place has no claim on my heart. Boston, where I was born, does. I love pretty much everything about Boston, the history, the character, the weather, the everything. You are blessed to live in the city you love!

MRS. CJK said...

I currently live in northern Virginia, but I was born in raised in central Vermont. I was spoiled by the simple, quiet life in Vermont and therefore am not particularly fond of where I live now. A slightly long story explains why I am living here instead of VT, but I will spare everyone the telling of it. I hope to one day move back to that place I still call home, but for now will make the best of my city surroundings... except the traffic, I'll never like that part. The part I do like about where I live now is that it's not too far from DC, which is a great city to visit and explore.

Bonnie said...

I love Austin TX for it's young-at-heart spirit and love of "the little guy"

Just Another Mom said...

Wow. Awesome pictures. :)

She Knits Flying Monkeys said...

Now I live in Fort Worth, TX. It's better than Dallas (sorry, Dallasites). All the convenience without most of the hassle. A small town feel in a big town - about 600K right now and growing. Craftsman houses, multi-million dollar mansions, high-rise (to us) apartments. You can find whatever you're looking for.

It is truly where the West begins. You can go to the theatre (Bass Hall is fantastibeautimous) in evening wear or jeans & boots. The museums are world class. Brick streets. A lively and safe downtown. STOCKYARDS. Cowboys. Techno-geeks. We've got it all.

palpinao said...

I am from Lithuania, there are 3 million people. ;D I used to live in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania and I love my citi because of it's spirit. But I moved to Leeds, England three years ago. That's a big, industrial and strange city for me. A nightlife is gooooood here. ;D

jerseygirlabroad said...

I'm from North Jersey and I love it! Yes, we have too many people and not enough space, but there are beautiful areas, and Green Pond (my home town) is very nearly idyllic. Up in the mountains (okay, big hills if you're from out west), a beautiful spring-fed lake, clean water... Ahhh!

So, that's where I'm FROM. But, I live and work in Central Asia. There're some beautiful mountains I can see from most parts of the city, plenty of green space and lots of beautiful people... There's something good in every place, don't you all think?

Jessica said...

I live in Minneapolis, in an area called "uptown" and it's artsy and funky and we LOVE it! My favorite neighborhood spot is a little place called Common Roots that strives to serve local and organic products. They have the best bagels in the city, hands down.

Kathy said...

I am in Toronto and it Cincinnati sounds very similar, but maybe a bit smaller. Most of my friends and relatives live in the burbs and within an hour's drive of the city but I love it right here in the middle of the action. A 10-minute walk to the beach, a 3 minute drive to the most spectacular autumn leaves you've ever seen. Skiing and skating in the winter and (usually) lots of sunshine in the summer. The one thing I'd change, less heat and humidity - more of the weather we are experiencing now - it's absolutely stunning.

4th Grade Teacher said...

I'm also in Cincinnati. I just happen to be the girlfriend of ucb411, so of course I love the photos you used! =D I would prefer more space and wildlife, but I still think Cincinnati is pretty great!