Reading The Enquirer recently, you might think our city is in dire straights. Ever since the 2005 census information hit, showing Cincinnati is losing residents faster than any other major U.S. city, it seemed like we could not do anything right. An Enquirer article compared us to other local cities, displaying great disparities. Loss of population, "brain drain," Main Street hitting rock bottom"”all week long the hits on the front page and talk radio kept coming.

Sometimes the interests of the media (we are not innocent either) can trump what is reality. Readers are left trying to put things back together with their own thoughts and discussions with others. Opportunities for growth and new prosperity are often given less recognition than the demise of past successes. I know I heard several "Woe is us!" conversations that week.

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