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New GE building reflects Cincinnati perfectly

Regarding “Is The Banks too boring for city’s doorstep?” (July 27): The Banks, it could be argued, is a reflection of the overall image and psyche of Cincinnati: functional, conventional and banal; nothing too flashy.

I can recall comments made about the tiara when it was unveiled on the Great American Tower. People shuddered at the sight of such unconventionalism in Cincinnati.

It seems to me that Cincinnati has always taken the approach of, “we can’t do it this way because … ,” whereas other cities, viewed as up and coming locales – like Charlotte, Atlanta, Nashville and Denver – have the attitude of, “we need to do it because … .”

Until Cincinnati feels comfortable with “we need to do it because …” it will always second-guess itself and be perceived by the country as humdrum.