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Cincinnati has a beautiful downtown core, full of nicely maintained classical-style buildings and several notable modern structures. It is walkable and compact. Its streets are somewhat narrow, giving the tall buildings ample opportunity to shade the streets. There are some very nice green spaces in the city core. An example of a failed revitalization attempt is the Tower Center, which has a nearly vacant shopping mall in it. These once thought to be miracle- cure-for-downtown-ills malls seem to fail in many cities. I suppose this is because their goal is to draw people inward rather than to assist their flow through the excitement of the downtown streets. One drawback is the limited interaction between the city and the Ohio River which divides Ohio from Kentucky. There are plans to address this issue, but presently, the river shoreline remains rough and cut off from the city by a freeway. Like other cities, Cincinnati has invested enormously in riverfront baseball and football stadia. There are several department stores in the downtown area, as well as theaters and museums. the Contemporary Art Museum was most impressive.