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September is like a Venn diagram of the best of summer (warm days, green trees, blooming flowers) and the best of fall (cooler evenings, Oktoberfest, new football and arts seasons).
Life has just a few milestone moments when we face radical, disrupting change. Otherwise we swim steadily in the “now,” usually unaware of the incremental changes around us. Our city's lifespan can be viewed in a similar fashion.
Summer is one long memory factory. File back through childhood highlights, and many if not most are tied to summer: last day of school, camp, your neighbor’s backyard pool, the ice cream truck, Fourth of July fireworks, Reds games, family vacations.
We are increasingly on the map now, and there’s a real vibe and positivity about Cincinnati. But the biggest shift I’ve noticed in my life is that we believe it now. You can’t sell something you don’t believe in yourself.