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June 1978 (or at least that was the development date)... a long time ago. The Square looked a lot different back then - more like a traditional European plaza. Stark, arid, flat... the 70s.
I'm assuming my mom was taking the shot (as she always was), with my grandparents, dad, and sister by the fountain. In the first pic, I'm standing solo near the outer figure on the left of the fountain, entranced by the jets.
Additionally, noting that the US Census is around the corner (June 2010), and Mayor Mallory's valiant efforts to update the city's statistics recently, this is a small remembrance of times past: Even though the 70s marked Cincinnati's slow decline in population movement, it still had roughly 100,000 more people in it's borders than today (with Ohio being the 6th most populated state). A recent discussion on city life with a long-time downtown worker conjured up a vivid nostalgia of the streets' dawn-to-dusk vitality that existed in those days.