Afghan Whigs Damage Eardrums, Silence Skeptics

From the strike of the first downbeat last Thursday night, the sound of the Afghan Whigs was so dominating that I felt foolish for having entertained — even for a moment in the year leading up to their homecoming — the thought that the band might be overhyped.  I didn’t just feel stupid, I felt throughout the performance as though the band was humiliating me for having dared to doubt them.

Chrysler CEO confirms Romney’s Jeep ad is misleading

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne:

Jeep is one of our truly global brands with uniquely American roots. This will never change. So much so that we committed that the iconic Wrangler nameplate, currently produced in our Toledo, Ohio plant, will never see full production outside the United States.

Jeep assembly lines will remain in operation in the United States and will constitute the backbone of the brand.

It is inaccurate to suggest anything different.

Google Rivals in Kansas City Want the Same Incentives

To entice Google Inc. to build its ultra-high-speed fiber network there, Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., offered the Internet company sweeteners including several free or discounted city services. Now, Time Warner Cable Inc. and AT&T Inc., the incumbent Internet and TV providers in town, are angling to get the same deal.

Too bad.

If Time Warner or AT&T came out with an ambitious plan to offer residents ultra-fast fiber-to-the-home Internet access–like Google did–they would have gotten the same deals.

But they didn’t.

Downtown Cincinnati’s up in public’s eyes

A coordinated effort in the past decade to improve Over-the-Rhine, the central business district and the riverfront appears to be paying off, according to a new Enquirer Poll.

Two-thirds of the adults in the Cincinnati region believe Downtown is a safe place to visit or work.

Roughly the same percentage believe Downtown has improved in the past five years. People who have visited Downtown in the past year have even more positive perceptions of how it has changed, the poll shows.

So, among people who have actually visited downtown, there is a very positive opinion of the city. Meanwhile, one-third of people who took the poll see downtown as “unsafe”, but many of those people have probably not even been downtown in the past decade.

It’s great that public perception is improving. But we need to stop letting the people who never come downtown have any influence whatsoever on downtown’s “reputation”.