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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Hey, where did everybody go?

Hamilton County lost 5,000 people in one year, according to new census estimates. That's more than any year this decade.

Jessica Brown has the story here


at 9:46 AM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many are moving out of the county to the rural areas of Indiana.
Life seems a slower pace, crime is almost non existent and real neighbors still check on each other.
Glad I made the move when the West Side of town started on its downward slide.

at 10:22 AM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's obvious to me that the city is losing population because we lack streetcars and trolleys. Also, we do not have properly-funded museums and our Underground Railrod Freedom Center isn't consuming enough taxpayer dollars.

People respond to this travesty of misjustice by moving to the suburbs, of course.

at 10:45 AM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hamilton county is just losing legal population. The illegal population is florishing just fine, thanks.

at 10:47 AM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

They moved out because of the surge. Thanks Crowley and City Council for keeping your eye on the ball.

at 11:30 AM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


We certainly hope they were all wRong wingnut whackos !

PATHETIC 'HypocRites' !


at 12:10 PM, March 20, 2008 Blogger Quim said...

""There's too much activity and too many good things happening in (Hamilton) County for me to believe we're continuing to lose population," he (Portune) said."
Hamilton CO is probably just losing the deadbeats.

at 12:12 PM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

But if all the "wRong wingnut whackos" leave, who will pay for all of the programs, the trolleys, the not-so-free-dom center and salaries of City Clowncil?

at 12:26 PM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Anonymous said...But if all the "wRong wingnut whackos" leave, who will pay for all of the programs, the trolleys, the not-so-free-dom center and salaries of City Clowncil? 12:12 PM, March 20, 2008"

Typical wRong wingnut whacko with all questions and no answers !

Once the 'culture of corruption' either becomes fugitives or convicted, then the fraud, waste and corporate welfare is eliminated !

Then policies that will leave the country with a balanced budget and a surplus in the bank reemerges !

You know: Just like that proved on a national level under a Democratic controlled Whitehouse !

Those wRong wingnut whackos are soooooooo difficult to ed-ju-ma-cake. Slow learners we suppose !

PATHETIC 'family values' !


at 1:03 PM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This report clearly shows that voters are moving away from area that the Repugnicants have ruined and are moving to places the Repugs haven't spoiled yet. I like how the anti-taxers love to use services, then they move when the bill comes due. In 20-30 years, the Repug voters and the Repugs they elect will have delayed paying for enough projects that the infrastructure will start crumbling in Butler, Warren, and Clermont. The Repug mentality is to move when the taxes start going up to payback for all the services they used and abused. The Repugs will just move out and bgin the destruction of Preble, Clinton, and Brown Counties at that point.

at 2:09 PM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cuyahoga and Franklin Counties (Cleveland & Colombus) lost more than we did.

at 2:19 PM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to live and work in downtown cincy until the riots, everything changed after that. Soon afterwards I moved to Chicago. Now there's a city. You don't need a car, decent shopping (grocery) is right around every corner, diversity is appreciated, and the city is beautiful. Compare that to Cincinnati were if your different, your a target, if not from the criminals then from the police. There is NO decent grocery shopping, to get anywhere you need a car, most people you encounter are either wealthy and super rude or stupid and so poor they can't help themselves. It seams to be a city with no pulse and no desire for anything different or better. I moved back to the area about a year ago. I looked around in Cincinnati and quickly crossed it off my list of places to live. We love Waren County, shopping, restaurants, jobs, and nice decent diverse neighbors, nothing like cincinnati.

at 3:22 PM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did they go? To higher ground. Better schools, a better, safer way of life with less stress, less crime & less crap. People are thoroughly fed up. At the first opportunity, they're loading up & moving out. Out of this cesspool of a city.

It's too bad the government leaders cannot get their heads around this continuing migration. Trolley cars & fudged recounts aren't going to mask over the festering problems that people are sick & tired of dealing with.

And the economy being what it is, the people in government need to stop focusing on "entertainment & restaurants" as ways to shore up Cincinnati. The average family isn't budgeting for "entertainment & restaurants". That's another reason why they're leaving. Government has tuned a deaf ear to them.

Last one out please turn off the lights. There won't be anyone to pay the electric bill. This is an absolutely pathetic shame what's happened to this city.

at 3:39 PM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I please cut through all of the partisan cr@p? I moved to a new subdivision in Warren County last year. The only reason that we moved here was because we wanted a newly constructed home, and you have to move further and further out of town in order to biuld an affordable house. The same house that we biult here would have cost 40% more in Blue Ash. The same is true for many of my neighbors. we didn't move because of taxes, the republican, the democrats, the riiots, downtown or any of the crazy reasons that all of the commets here state. Just look at Columbus, Cleveland and Dayton, the same thing is happenning there, and for the same reasons.

You have to move to the country to biuld an affordable house. that is really all that there is to it.

at 5:08 PM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I posted the comment at 3:39. Please excuse the typos, I was postng via my cellphone. Those little keys are tough for my large fingers!

at 7:34 PM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are leaving Hamilton County to get away from the crime, the taxes, the poorly-run Cincinnati city government and the congestion.

at 9:16 AM, March 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every voting cycle has a multitude of property tax issues which the "rich" home owners are moving away from. The Exodus from Hamilton County will increase and continue. The Dem controlled City and County are killing to golden goose. Bye...bye

at 4:58 PM, March 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to move to the country to biuld an affordable house.


several years ago we moved from warren county back inside the beltway to the beautiful village of amberley. while searching for a place, it is just amazing the premium that you pay for living inside the beltway, and how much more you pay for new construction.

but on the whole, there are other intangible benefits that make living nearer to the city worth the while.

at 5:47 PM, March 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I don't know about you, but I am getting the hell out unless the slave museum gets that front door changed!! I can't take it anymore!!

at 9:15 AM, March 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

People leave the area because of ineffective (I use the next term loosely) leadership. What positive accomplishments do the current administrations (City and County) have to brag about over just the last four years?

Let's face it, none of these elected officials are qualifed public adminstrators. They're lawyers who can't cut with their legal peers and there was no where else for them to go. (For the ones who still are affiliated with a big name law firm, it's only because having an elected official on staff looks good on the law firm's letterhead.) (And, seriously, wouldn't we all like a part-time job that pays nearly $100,000 a year?) We need officials who are in office for the good of this community, not the good of their political resumes.

Until the voters kick out the current clowns and stop allowing shady political deals, they are doomed.

at 10:54 PM, March 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous 9:15, we just had an election a few months ago and the same "leaders" were returned. The voters select on name recognition and these same politicians will be re elected in '09. It is a shame but truth is truth.

at 2:44 PM, March 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I left Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati over 15 years ago and moved to Dearborn County

The best move I ever made. My wife and I were able to raise our childern not only with respect for others but also appreciate the simpler things in life, like a neighborhood where everyone helps everyone out.

I was applaed when Mr. Protune the firs year he was elected called people like me who had move basically racist. Nothing could of been further from the truth. I am still waiting for Mr. Protune to grow a backbone and apologize to all who left the county if he would of taken the time to actaully read the report as to why we left, maybe the latest exdous could of been prevented.

The reason we left, is crime was on the rise, in our area, city leaders were doing nothing, we were paying higher taxes for less and less service.

This will continue until we get true leadership in the county. Unfortunetly both parties have decided to take the voters choices away this November by only have one democrat and one republican on the ballot.

I would suggest to all residents of the county vote a thrid-party canidate into the commission. That is your only hope.

at 10:41 PM, March 23, 2008 Anonymous Chris Dole said...

Vote for Chris Dole in November for Hamilton County Commissioner. Visit chrisdole.com

at 11:10 PM, March 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 12:29 PM, March 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The uneducated hick at 2:44 said: "I was applaed when Mr. Protune the firs year he was elected..... I am still waiting for Mr. Protune to grow a backbone and apologize to all who left the county"

I didn't know that Todd Portune was even on the County Commission 15 years ago. Oh, that's right, HE WASN'T.

I see that fine educational system in Dearborn County is really paying off for you. We are glad that you moved, and hope that you took a bunch of your illiterate, knuckle-dragging brethren with you.

It will be a cold day in hell before "Mr. Protune" apologises to you, so please do stay in Indiana. And take a remedial adult education class while you are at it. If in fact Dearborn County even offers one.

at 8:56 PM, March 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 2:44. Dearborn County is a fine place to live. Your mean , personal comments (above), and angry people like you give good folks another reason to leave Hamilton County. You must be a liberal.

at 5:38 PM, March 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The persone who replied calling me an uneducated hick knows nothing about me, and this shows his/her ignorance. You really should not call anyone names unless you know something about them and know nothing about me.

I agree that Mr. Portune was not on commission 15 years ago. There was a survey sent to ex-residents of Hamilton County the year Mr. Protune was elected asking those of us who left, why we did. I took the opprortunity as responsbile hard working cisitzen to fill this out. Mr. Protune rather than read this palyed the race card.

Go back and look at the Enquire archives when he first was elected.

I will stoop to your level to insult anyone, but education is showing by making those types of comments.

at 3:10 AM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hamilton County is losing 5K a year due to the Republican controlled debauchery that has taken place the last twenty years and ruined a once thriving metropolis.

at 3:59 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Flying Dutchman said...

Warren County and diversity? Really? I would never criticize someone for where they choose to live but one of the things that turns me off about suburban living is its sameness. When I venture into the outer suburbs in Butler and Warren County all I see for the most part is cookie cutter houses, Ruby Tuesdays, McDonalds, Walmarts, and traffic. I choose to live in the city because of its unique neighborhoods (downtown, OTR, Hyde Park, Northside, Mt. Adams), people, and offerings. I don't know if I'd consider Warren County a mecca of diversity...

at 8:10 AM, March 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, diversity is only acceptable in appearance, economic status, and sexual orientation. Diversity is not permitted in political thought.

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