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On the Right Track

Cincinnati’s proposed streetcar system finds support but is still short on funding

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Streetcars could be rolling along downtown streets in Cincinnati in just a few years. After years of proposals and studies, city officials are lining up financing for the first phase. The plan calls for modern streetcars running on tracks with quiet electric motors that get their power from overhead wires.   

Blacks and Gays Sitting in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
If its true that misery loves company, then you might think two groups of people used to being prejudged and scorned just for who they are might be more sympathetic to each other. Thats not the case for Cincinnatis black and gay communities, at least if you listen to Christopher Smitherman, president of the local NAACP chapter.  

Dead Dogs and Circuit City

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Call it a bad omen. As I traveled along I-71, I saw it, creeping out of the horizon in a butterscotch mass of grizzled fur: a cocker spaniel in its final resting place along the side of the highway. The family dog probably. Surrounded by medians, he must have fallen out of a car. That doesn’t happen in normal times, I thought, eyes wide. In normal times, you watch him just a little bit closer.  

Smitherman and Finney in Bed

Not that there's anything wrong with that...

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
In a move that’s raised eyebrows across the political spectrum, the president of the NAACP’s Cincinnati chapter has given a board appointment to an arch-conservative legal activist who has a history of working on anti-gay rights causes.  

Check Up for Health Department

With lead paint contamination still an issue in Cincinnati, City Council might reassign health oversight

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
For all the recent headlines about tainted toys from China and contaminated peanut butter in snacks, public health hazards caused by everyday items are nothing new. In fact, the U.S. has a long and tragic history involving scares caused by overzealous entrepreneurs making profits at the expense of consumers while politicians turn a blind eye — until outrage builds and action finally is demanded.  

Switching to Glide

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Progressive cities fare much better than the stodgy ones. And being stodgy typically breeds stifling behavior and uniformity antithetical to today’s urban dwellers and anyone else looking for a unique city-living experience. Boy, Cincinnati still rates pretty high on the “stodgy” meter.  

Neighborhood Cliques

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Most Cincinnati (residents) have no idea as to these funds or these neighborhood organizations, and that is a problem.  

Empowering City Neighborhoods

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
My hero in the Cincinnati world of responsible journalism has been CityBeat until I read the article “Being Neighborly” (issue of Jan. 21), which contains many inaccuracies and misleading statements about Invest in Neighborhoods (IIN).  

Streetcars Drive Economy

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The streetcar proposal is an economic driver for our city. Businesses will want to locate on the route, and citizens will want to live close to it too. The addition — I should say reintroduction — of streetcars will be a boon for visitors to our city by connecting our various destinations on an easy-to-use and well-laid-out route.  

Why Focus on YPs?

3 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Young professionals, the creative class, punks who think they own the city … whatever you call them or want to be called, these twenty- and thirty- and sometimes as late as freshly fiftysomethings have been recognized as a key demographic for keeping Greater Cincinnati competitive in a global marketplace.  

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