Best Of 2020

Best Proclamation of Cincinnati Being the “San Diego of the Midwest”: “Cincinnati: San Diego of the Midwest” Mural

Best Proclamation of Cincinnati Being the “San Diego of the Midwest”

A mural on the corner of West McMillan and Vine streets in Mount Auburn popped up last fall on a building owned by apartment rental agency ES Properties. Depending on your stance, you may believe its bold statement — “Cincinnati: San Diego of the Midwest” — to be a stretch… or right on target. Backdropped by sandy tan hues and a hazy sun, it depicts the Queen City skyline and… a palm tree? Let’s make the case: Both cities are along a waterfront, one’s just the Pacific Ocean and the other is the Ohio River. Each is home to excellent, award-winning zoos and pro sport teams with a strong fan base. We both take pride in our rich history and booming craft beer brewery scenes. And, finally, both are home to an altweekly named CityBeat. At the corner of West McMillan and Vine streets, Mount Auburn.