23 comments on “Thinking about Covington

  1. The Covington Facebook page linked to your column yesterday and City Commissioner Steve Frank called you a crank. He didn’t like what you had to say at all. In other words, you nailed it. Stevie, the truth hurts.

  2. I lived in downtown Covington during the 80’s and still have friends who live there. I come back to visit often and I can tell you that the downtown area has not changed all that much. Most of the titty bars are gone and with that also has come a lot of businesses and restaurants closing down. You are right when you say the sidewalks are mostly empty especially when you get into the heart of downtown. I would like for the downtown area to make a comeback but I have been saying that for years now. Your article about the area was sadly, spot on.

  3. The cliche “it is what it is” applies here. I have always reminded people who complain about Covington (non residents) that it takes everyone, good and bad, and keeps the suburbs “pure” and unsullied and to be darned thankful it exists. Your article takes in all its aspects and name calling is UNcalled for!

  4. I hesitant to use the world “cleanup” when it comes to Covington but maybe the city should look over to Newport and see what they have done. The City of Newport had a plan to make their downtown better and it’s getting there. I think one of the problems with Covington and their city council is, like Karen said, is to keep their suburbs pure. That won’t help downtown, won’t bring people into the city. They are being very shortsighted.

  5. In the 90’s, the city cried “cleanup, get rid of the tit bars.” Those bars brought traffic into downtown. What did doing away with them cause? A dead downtown. Why? The idiots over there didn’t have a plan to replace them. It’s not rocket science.

  6. Tim’s point about Newport’s improvement plan is excellent. I was born in Covington, have lived there on and off, and feel that it’s relatively safe, compared to Cincy, where three murders seem to be a nightly occurrence. But Covington needs visionaries who can project a future like Newport’s renaissance. The citizens are generally solid, but the city needs a jump-start, a jolt to the once lively downtown area that has fallen into a coma.

  7. Agree with Tuck. Covington needs visionaries. Are there any in sight? Not that I can see. End result is the city is stuck with Steve Frank, but then again the voters put him in there.

  8. Here’s what a person said on CityBeat’s website in response to your column:

    “Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of my city, maybe you should explore the finer points, like the Awesome Collective or the Center for Great Neighborhoods. People who are trying to put area small businesses on the map and promote pride in the city. Shame on you for focusing on the bad element! There are many different neighborhoods in Covington with many different things going on! Get off of your high horse and REALLY get into what Covington has to offer or take that bus back across the river and stay there!”

    Just like in Cincinnati, if you tell it the way it is, people are going to get upset. That should tell you you’re doing something right!

  9. I don’t think it was a negative column like some others are thinking. You told it the way it is and at the end you say Covington’s future looks good. Some people have blinders on. The old saying if you can’t say something good say nothing at all does nothing to improve the city.

  10. The Covington Pols’ reactions remind me of the old story about ‘Give-’em-hell’-Harry Truman. His answer to the nickname supposedly was something like, ” I never gave any of ’em hell, just told it true and they thought it was hell.”

  11. I also live in downtown Covington. Nothing you said in your column was a lie. Those who think it is untrue have their heads up their ass.

  12. With this story, you have to consider the source and the source is the one living it everyday. I’ve read Gross’ work for years. He doesn’t pull any punches. For those of you who can’t handle it, DON’T READ HIM!

  13. Made my annual pawn shop drive over to Covington around Christmas to do some shopping and find some deals. I found a few. Those shops weren’t all that busy. What’s it going to be like for them the rest of the year?

  14. I’m glad the comments here are mostly supportive. Of course, you are probably preaching to the choir here. Steve Frank’s comments about you on Covington Facebook shows the kind of conservative politican he is which is out of touch with everyday folks. Yes, the Google searches on him were enlightening.

  15. I guess the truth hurts. I am sure there are many endearing aspects to Covington, just like most cities and towns. The funny thing is you never said there weren’t. In fact in spite of what you said, you seemed to have warm feelings about the little city. You said the what you experienced in Covington was different than what you experienced in Cincinnati in two or three ways. (And one of them was about the number of cats for crying out loud, big deal) But some of your critics took that to mean that you thought Cincinnati didn’t have similar or other problems. You didn’t say that either. Some people seem to have the same maturity as some high school students, who want to argue or fight with anyone who says something bad about their high shool. Unbelievable.

  16. With any city a person lives in, you take the good with the bad. I lived in New York for a few years. You think it was all good? Hell no. Neither is Cincinnati and neither is Covington. Larry was pointing out observations. Who better to do that than someone who lives there?Yes, high schoolers, grow up.

  17. I live, by choice, in downtown Covington. The rent is less expensive than downtown Cincinnati and it’s urban and has pretty much what I need that I can walk too.

    Is it perfect? No. Downtown Cincinnati wasn’t either. You adjust.

    Having read your column, following the comments here and at CityBeat and at Covington’s Facebook page, I’m going to add my own comment. I think what you wrote was fair and was balanced. I’ve seen exactly what you have seen — the shopping carts, the cats, the ladies on the corners, all the pawn shops, the drugs, the empty storefronts and, I’m going to add, in some cases the broken down sidewalks.

    On the other side, like you, people are friendly. People say hello. There is a sense of the common man in downtown Covington and that we’re all in this thing together. We’re urban. We take the good and we take the bad.

    I wouldn’t change anything you wrote. This is life in downtown Covington. For those who want to turn a blind eye, for those who live outside of downtown and live in fancy houses and drive fancy cars, spend a day with us downtown. Your eyes will open up and then maybe you and the so-called city council here will take our lives more seriously.

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