Saturday, June 7, 2003

City's night life scrapes bottom - again



By Amy Higgins
The Cincinnati Enquirer

One thing that Peipei Zhou immediately noticed when she moved from Austin, Texas, to Hyde Park last year: It's awfully tough to meet people here - let alone get a date.

No wonder Forbes magazine again on Friday rated Cincinnati 39th out of 40 on its "Best Cities for Singles" list. Austin sits as the top city for the unattached.

"It's a very young, energetic city," Zhou, 23, said of Austin. "It's just a different caliber."

But Cincinnati isn't so bad - at least not bad enough to be ranked second to last, in front of only Pittsburgh, she and other Cincinnati singles say.

"I don't think we deserve as bad as a rap as we get," said Natalie Wheeler, a 23-year-old singleton from Oakley.

Coupled with the worst nightlife ranking of the 40 major cities - and less than stellar culture, job growth and single cost of living ratings - and Cincinnati's overall ranking remained unchanged.

Wheeler said that part of the problem is that Cincinnati isn't an accepting community. The Ashland, Ky., native moved here two years ago after graduating from Vanderbilt University.

"If you didn't go to high school or university here, it's tough to break in," she said.

E-mail ahiggins@enquirer.com




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