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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.  

The Road to Redemption

Equality Ride aims to engage Christian college students

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Nick Miller hopes putting a face on the term "gay" will help change the perceptions of conservative college students who've never been exposed to gay or lesbian people before. Well, at least not knowingly exposed. "They've probably known and talked to gay people before, they just didn’t know it," he said. The Cincinnati native is touring a large swath of the U.S. this winter and spring on a bus as part of Equality Ride 2010, which will stop at 16 private colleges and universities in an effort to change views about homosexuality and promote tolerance.  

Cleaning Up Their Act

Cincinnati and Hamilton County get grant for alt-fuel vehicles

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Greater Cincinnati's air will soon become a little less smoggy thanks to money from President Obama's economic stimulus plan. The city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will add 22 new alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles to their fleets after being awarded a slice of an $11 million Clean Cities Grant aimed at cleaning up Ohio's air.  

NKU Students Angered by Firings

Critics: University could do more to attract, retain black students

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Some students at Northern Kentucky University are upset by turmoil in the school's Office of African American Student Affairs, including the firings of top personnel. Combined with NKU's low rate for retaining black students, they question the institution's commitment to diversity.  

A View from Abroad

BBC reporter Katty Kay’s take on U.S. politics

3 Comments · Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Katty Kay is a worldly Brit who's covered our nation for more than a decade, though a "strange duality" continues to puzzle her: The more highly respected an American politician is abroad (such as President Obama), the more suspect he is at home; and Americans want some kind of health care reform but refuse to learn anything from "socialistic" Europeans who enjoy cheaper, broader health care with equal or better outcomes. She explored these contradictions at the national speakers forum of the Cincinnati Woman's City Club on March 11.  

All the News that Fits (the Budget)

NKU forum explores whether print journalism still matters

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 10, 2010
It's no secret that the rise of Internet advertising has corresponded with a shrinking advertiser base for newspapers. There were 689 cities with at least two daily newspapers a century ago, according to Dr. Sam Schulhofer-Wohl of Princeton University. Now it's more like a dozen. Whether this is a death knell or a wake up call, however, is a matter of opinion.  

Gearing Up for Change

Unveiling of Cincinnati's bike plan set for spring

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Cold, snow and everything else that comes along with a Cincinnati winter have many people longing for spring right about now. If you're a cyclist, nothing says spring like taking a warm cruise around the city on a sunny weekend. If city planners have their way, it will soon be easier and safer to do just that.   

Losing Lucy

A local woman's legal case will help same-sex parents across Ohio, but she might lose her daughter in the process

8 Comments · Wednesday, March 3, 2010
For Michele Hobbs, the situation is tragically simple: Somewhere in Cincinnati is a 4-year-old girl named Lucy, whom she helped raise for two years and loves as her daughter. Because she isn't biologically related to Lucy, the courts have ruled that Hobbs has no legal right to see her. But love isn't so easily thwarted.