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Shoring Up The Banks

AMOS Project says sprawling riverfront project needs more local workers

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 18, 2009
With the first phase of construction on The Banks winding down in June, Cincinnati and Hamilton County leaders are happy with the way the $800 million project is finally starting to take shape along downtown’s riverfront. One local watchdog group, though, is decidedly unhappy about how The Banks is shaping the local workforce.  

Blowing Their Tops

Local activists fight mountaintop removal mining, raise awareness

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The oak forest around him is thick and silent, dappled with autumn sunlight. But the serenity stops abruptly at a cliff on the edge of McKinley Sumner's 63 acres in the Eastern Kentucky mountains. It's been six years now since his neighbor sold out to the International Coal Group and the mountaintop removal mining began, but Sumner's eyes still flash at the sight.  

Mapping the Big Picture

Public input sought on how Cincinnati should change

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2009
It’s not a subject that usually occasions such levels of excitement, but the first Community Informational Meeting for the city’s new Comprehensive Plan effort has drawn a large and eager crowd from surrounding neighborhoods.  

Voters Have No Issues With Issues

Rail supporters beat back Issue 9, but petitioners win on Water Works

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It was a split decision Nov. 3 for two voter referendums that were pushed by several groups collectively known as "We Demand A Vote." The much-debated Issue 9, which would have required a public vote on any rail-related spending by Cincinnati City Council, failed by a 56-44 percent margin. Issue 8 was approved by a 61-39 percent margin, mandating that a public vote be held before City Council ever agrees to sell the city-owned Water Works to a special water district.  

Incumbents Win in CPS Race

A good night for Charter Committee, CPS tax levy

2 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Presented with a choice of 12 candidates vying for four seats on the Cincinnati Board of Education, voters Tuesday chose to return all three incumbent candidates. The fourth open seat went to first-time candidate Vanessa White, a Charterite.  

Election Schizophrenia: Mallory In, Harris Out

New city council has conservative majority

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Cincinnati voters sent conflicting messages at the polls Nov. 3, reelecting Mayor Mark Mallory by a wide margin but rejecting moderate Democratic incumbent Greg Harris on City Council and replacing him with conservative Republican Charlie Winburn, dismantling Mallory's five-member voting bloc. First-time candidate Laure Quinlivan also won a spot on the nine-member council.  

Coming Full Circle

Driving the I-275 loop shows the many sides of Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It was a Saturday afternoon I should have spent on the couch, nursing a fairly nasty hangover. Instead, I’d been convinced to spend my day in a minivan with three CityBeat staffers, a cooler full of autumn ales, a sweater-clad Chinese Crested named Harry and 84 miles of suburban highway to navigate.  

The Best of the Best

Staff Picks

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2009
No one knows I-275 like us. We’ve been all around it. These are the best things about it.   

A PATH Out of Homelessness

Social workers reach out to mentally ill on streets

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
There are about 8,400 homeless people in Hamilton County. More than 2,000 have a severe mental illness. A local nonprofit called PATH is trying to help them.  

2009 Best of I-275

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Welcome to CityBeat’s 2009 Best of I-275 Issue! We’re excited to finally offer a guide to the city’s often-overlooked suburban neighborhoods via the highway that enables them to feel connected to Cincinnati even though their residents can’t vote here. For too long it’s felt like we share a postal address and nothing more…  

Good Intentions, Bad Choices

James Howard Kunstler on where highway loops went wrong

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Construction on I-275 began in 1958, three years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower championed the idea of the Interstate Highway Network. This idea was also referred to as "The Grand Plan," and Ike considered it a revolutionary plan that would "change the face of America." James Howard Kunstler, author of 'The Geography of Nowhere,' admires Eisenhower's goals but bemoans the unintended consequences, from traffic congestion to suburban sprawl.  

Museum Center, Libraries Seek Help

Tax levies make up for state budget cuts, aging of facilities

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
With four countywide tax levies on the November ballot, the most since 1994, you would expect the public to balk. But with two in particular — levies in support of the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County — that doesn't seem to be the case, with widespread support for both.  

Many Motives Behind Issue 9

Debate over greater voter input versus blocking economic development

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It might take a lesson in understanding games of logic to understand all the various aspects surrounding Issue 9. Here's how it begins: There is an issue on the ballot this November called Issue 9. One side that's interested in the topic says it's about stopping wasteful spending; the other side insists it's about saving Cincinnati jobs.  

Rattling Cages

Issue 2 is forcing Ohioans to think about where our meat comes from

0 Comments · Sunday, October 25, 2009
The battles surrounding Issue 2 might be lost to some in an election season dominated by Cincinnati City Council elections, the streetcar referendum and casino gambling. But if you eat eggs, cheese and meat and care about the price and quality of your food, the controversial ballot initiative demands attention. Cut through the rhetoric and the dueling images of idyllic farms and maltreated pigs and chickens, and Issue 2 is about using Ohio's constitution to control the future of animal husbandry in Ohio.  

Widening the Field

Cincinnati Public School Board race draws increased interest

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
With a dozen candidates vying for the four open seats on the board overseeing Cincinnati Public Schools, this year's election is turning into a big event for voters. "It's probably the largest field in recent history," says David Little, campaign manager for incumbent Catherine Ingram and challengers Ceair Baggett, Joyce Hooks and Lisa Schare.