Cities are engines of our local and national economies, and centers of creativity, culture, and entertainment. But they are under more pressure than ever. This is the third in a monthly series, The Case for Cities, that will look at how Cincinnati and similar cities can grow by becoming places of choice, as well as models of social justice.
It may be a $76 billion global empire now, but Procter & Gamble was once little more than an idea.
An English candle maker named William Procter and an Irish soap maker named James Gamble somehow made their separate ways to Cincinnati, a thriving hub of trade in the early 19th century that was driven by the meatpacking industry, and linked to the rest of the country by the Ohio River and the Miami and Erie Canals.