Looking to the Future in Cincinnati

The director of the Cincinnati Art Museum says in order to prepare for the future, the city should rebuild its streetcar system and build on its strengths in the arts.

Aaron Betsky, director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, says that Cincinnati is in excellent shape compared to its rust-belt neighbors, but needs to make investments to prepare for an uncertain future. The city's strengths, he says, lie in the natural landscape and a strong arts scene.

Betsky writes, "So, what can planning do to build on those strengths? I believe the city should be investing in iconic attractors located strategically around this sprawling landscape. These could be visual and performing arts centers, schools (whether charter or not I leave to others for the moment), or recreational facilities, and they should be scaled from the regional or national to the local. This being a conservative city, the focus right now is on renovation of existing and often mediocre structures, while the city should be building for the future."

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