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Shades of Green

Six local environmentalists shaping Cincinnati's sustainable future

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Perhaps you envision yourself as environmentally conscious. You recycle, drive a hybrid, compost and even use a water reclamation system. Don't get me wrong, that's great, but there are a number of local folks who are taking it to the next level. Not only do they educate others on sustainable living, but they themselves have become catalysts for change. Meet six local leaders: Mark Fisher from the Cincinnati Zoo, Dan Korman from Park and Vine, Jess Linz from Queen City Bike, Brewster Rhoads from Paddlefest, Jim & Ellen Schenk from Imago Earth Center and Valerie Taylor, who runs the Cincinnati Locavore blog.  

The Upside of Reusing

The growing trend of 'upcycling' gives old materials new life

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Getting ready to toss that candy wrapper in the trash? Or maybe that old bicycle tire? It's garbage, right? Just waste in transit from your receptacle to an enormous landfill. Think again: Your discarded rubbish can take on an entirely new existence in the form of a different and improved entity. A process called "upcycling" is the repurposing of waste items into new products with a higher environmental value, and several local entrepreneurs have embraced the concept.  

Outsourcing Law and Order

City Council’s proposal to abolish Police Department ignites debate

1 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Some community groups are outraged about a hastily crafted proposal by Cincinnati officials that could result in the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office taking control of all policing within city limits, adding it shows a lack of planning and judgment. Critics say the wide-sweeping proposal, which is being rushed through in three months, would disrupt many of the hard-fought police reforms that resulted from the Collaborative Agreement.  

Why I Drink In Downtown

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 23, 2011
If you haven’t been downtown for a night out, maybe it’s long overdue. Yeah, I know you have to drive and pay to park, but suck it up and go. Parking really is pretty affordable on the weekends and the places I’m giving you are all within walking distance, so be adventurous.  

Letting the Sun Shine In

Zoo installs largest publicly accessible, urban solar array

1 Comments · Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Lions, tigers and bears ... and energy? The Cincinnati Zoo’s latest pet project won’t be housed behind glass or enclosed in habitats; instead, it will be openly displayed outside the facility for all to see. Developed, designed, owned and operated by the Melink Corp., the $11 million Melink Solar Canopy will provide 20 percent of the Zoo’s energy needs.  

Encore! Encore!

Second marriages and vow renewals are a growing trend

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Ray Bowman turns his gaze lovingly toward his bride-to-be, Terrie Robinson. "I feel pretty good about getting married again," he says. "I found the other half of me." There's a poignant honesty in Bowman's words; you can tell they come from the heart. Bowman, divorced, and Robinson, widowed, recently took marriage vows for the second time in their lives even though it was their first time taking vows together.  

Making Resolutions Work

The key to breaking bad habits is understanding how they're formed

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 12, 2011
With the new year quickly unfolding, it's time to examine all those behaviors, both good and bad habits, that we choose to break or embrace. Perhaps if we better understand the science behind those habits, we have a better chance of changing them. Besides the do-it-yourself option, therapists, counselors, organizations and programs can help us succeed in our resolutions for change.  

Taser Use Prompts Lawsuits

Some police use weapons on nonviolent suspects

3 Comments · Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Local attorney Al Gerhardstein is concerned about the training and policies of law enforcement agencies regarding the justification and constitutionality of Taser use on nonviolent suspects.  

A Case of the Condos

Four high-end projects offer luxury living in the urban core

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
For anyone trying to sell their house these days, “slow” might even sound optimistic when describing the real estate market. But what about those high-end condos that loom over the river or sit perched on a hillside. They can’t be selling ... or can they? Oddly enough, luxury condos seem to be the exception when it comes to the down real estate market, with many new developments already at 60 percent occupancy or better.  

Amped-up Hot Rods

Blue Ash company offers electric vehicles

1 Comments · 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.