Ripley Ohio's River Walk: Money Well Spent
I was out in Ripley today and really noticed the difference when I realized I was actually walking beyond the point that I would normally walk. Before, the "riverfront" ended abruptly just past the Riverhouse Restaurant. Walking further down, you have the opportunity to see all of the majestic beautiful houses lining the river, that really makes Ripley great, that you may not have noticed before there was incentive to walk down that far. You tend to overlook things like that when you drive down Front Street, probably because the river distracts your eyes in that direction. When walking, your eyes roam more.
I don't know if the folks who spent the money agree that it's money well spent, but as an outsider looking in on Ripley, I feel it has radically changed the already incredible riverfront for the better. That will naturally attract more tourism dollars to the area. Phase 2 of the project involves the construction of the docking area, which will really hit the project home since Ripley is close enough to attract Cincinnati boaters.