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Fighting Over Future Frontiers

Ohio's Issue 1 would expand state aid for high-tech firms

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Supporters of Ohio's Third Frontier program say it's a sound investment to bring cutting-edge high-tech jobs here, ensuring that the Rust Belt state realigns its economy for the 21st Century. Opponents, however, contend the program is more of a 'Jetsons'-style pipe dream that doesn't have enough direct benefit for taxpayers. Ohio voters will decide May 4 whether to approve Issue 1, a statewide ballot measure that would renew and expand bond money for the Third Frontier program.  

Tug of War

Gregarious Brunner, guarded Fisher face off in U.S. Senate Democratic primary race

2 Comments · Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Despite its impressive name, the "Courage Express" is actually just a 19-year-old retired bus from the Licking County School District. With its worn-out odometer and fresh coat of silvery paint, it's now a road-weary campaigning machine that supporters of Jennifer Brunner bought online for $2,000. In some ways, the Express mirrors her run for U.S. Senate: It's a low-budget, bumpy ride that just might be on its last legs, but it's still rolling along.  

Amped-up Hot Rods

Blue Ash company offers electric vehicles

1 Comment · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Amp Electric Vehicles (AMP) plans to generate a serious buzz around town by producing 100-percent electric production cars. They reconfigure three standard vehicles to get up to 150 miles from a single charge and hope to produce up to 1,000 cars per year.  

The Birth of a Green Corner

Green businesses find a home in Columbia-Tusulum

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Greener Stock is in its infancy and has occupied its space in Columbia-Tusculum for a little more than two months. Seemingly on the other end of the spectrum but right across the street, Green Dog Cafe is the latest restaurant venture from owner/executive chef Mary Swortwood.  

GreenSource Cincinnati

Downtown resource center helps local building community go green

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monroe Mechanical and HOUSH, two companies providing energy-efficient systems since 1954, have opened GreenSource Cincinnati with a mission to inspire the Midwest building community with energy-efficient, sustainable technologies.  

Green Construction at Xavier

Hoff Quad moves campus into 21st century

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
A new facility for the Williams College of Business and a state-of-the-art Conaton Learning Commons are being built with green construction features, providing Xavier students, faculty members, staff, alumni and business executives with 170,000 square feet of additional academic space.  

Earth Day Events

Celebrating the 40th annual ode to Earth

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Cincinnati doesn't mess around when it comes to Earth Day. Events take place at the Cincinnati Zoo, Sawyer Point, Fountain Square and more. If you're looking for a little green inspiration, there are plenty of area events to get involved in.  

Take a Hike

Outdoor writer Tamara York leads readers down a path ... or 60

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Pick just about any local outdoor trail, and Tamara York has almost certainly been down it. She wrote the book on local hiking trails — literally — with her 2009 publication of '60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cincinnati' (via local publisher Clerisy Press and their outdoor imprint, Menasha Ridge).  

The Green List

Your jam-packed local resource guide

1 Comment · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Your source for all the green: recycling centers, local green blogs and websites, green building and energy suppliers, sustainable food options, green spaces and parks, low/no-emission transit, green community and lifestyle choices, environmental preservation organizations and much more.  

Embracing New Ideas

Cincinnatians for Progress helps city to broaden its horizons

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
What keeps Cincinnati shackled to its "20 years behind the times" image? The grassroots political action committee Cincinnatians for Progress claims it's our contentment with being stagnant, being OK with the status quo. The group focuses on three areas of potential for the city: job expansion, economic growth and improved public transportation.  

Riding Into the Future

Ambitious plan calls for 130 miles of bike lanes across the city of Cincinnati

4 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Eyeing its goal of joining "more progressive" cities with an active bicycling culture, Cincinnati has released an initial blueprint for its Bicycle Master Plan, a network of hundreds of miles of bike routes (from dedicated bike lanes to "sharrows") that could soon have more residents leaving their cars at home and pedaling to work.  

A Drinking Club with a Civic Problem

Westwood Works stresses collaboration, consensus

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Home to more than 35,000 residents, Westwood is one of Cincinnati’s oldest suburban neighborhoods. Distinguished by its historic charm, the area represents roughly 10 percent of the city’s total population within only six square miles, which officially makes it the largest neighborhood in the city. But is it big enough for everyone — and their concerns?  

Sarah Center Is a Hidden Gem

OTR women's center teaches jewelry-making skills

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 6, 2010
When Sister Jeanette Beuhler arrived in Over-the-Rhine 15 years ago from The Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton, she recognized the need for a safe place where impoverished women could go for a reprieve from the harsh realities of their everyday lives in the troubled neighborhood. Noting that creative expression can nourish a soul just as food nourishes a body, she began a program at the Sarah Center to teach women jewelry-making skills and to sell the wares at nearby Findlay Market to help supplement their meager incomes.  

Coffee, Tea or Apathy?

New Coffee Party aims for change without all the yelling

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The flavor of the Tea Party is likely to be unpalatable for people looking to become politically engaged without wrapping themselves in the American flag and parading around on horseback screaming, "Revolution!" But as of late January, the newly founded Coffee Party serves as an alternative for frustrated Americans to engage their political beliefs within a group of like-minded people without fury or superfluous theatrics.  

ACORN Is Gone, but the Struggle Remains

Despite being cleared of lawsuit charges, activist organization 'targeted by right-wing groups' decides to dissolve

2 Comments · Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Amid their crushing defeat last week in the health care bill debate, GOP pundits and conservative groups had at least one victory to celebrate: ACORN, the liberal community activist group, announced it was shutting its doors. While right-wingers celebrated the group's demise, others saw the announcement as the final throes of a political assassination writ large.