Pets v. Partners

Palm Beach Community College offers medical benefits for employee's pets, but not for employee's same sex partners. This is absolutely wacky! Really, how many logic professors are on staff?

Read the story HERE

Tonight 6pm, I-Team: Revisiting Vine Street

Laure Quinlivan of WCPO's I-Team will take another walk down Vine Street. Her report airs tonight at 6pm on WCPO Channel 9. You may remember Quinlivan's 2001Visions Of Vine Street and 2006 New Visions Of Vine Street where she highlighted the good and the bad in Cincinnati's historic Over-the-Rhine.

The Gateway Quarter/Vine Street's remarkable turnaround has proven Cincinnati's got it's groove back. In 2001 I lived at the Emery Center Apartments (Central & Walnut), I witnessed the 'riots', Main Street's death, re-development slow, crime rise, etc. I now live in the CBD. It's remarkable to reflect on such fruition - independent art venues, galleries, remarkable retail, affordable urban lofts, specialty shops, vibe, life...

Tune in!


Nuxhall Remembered: Ballpark photos

Folks leave memories, thoughts and prayers beneath Joe's statue
as requested

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Nux for HOF

Vote for Joe!

Vote everyday, HERE


Detroit Declared Most Dangerous U.S. City: Cincinnati, 16th

Remember Cincinnati's shameful showing as 3rd poorest city (of our size) in the US?
Hmm... doesn't Poverty = Crime?

1. Detroit, Michigan
2. St. Louis, Missouri
3. Flint, Michigan
4. Oakland, California
5. Camden, New Jersey
6. Birmingham, Alabama
7. North Charleston, South Carolina
8. Memphis, Tennessee
9. Richmond, California
10. Cleveland, Ohio



Maybe the Enquirer will have more.

Not all agree with the report's findings:

"These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, or region," the FBI said. "Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents."

"What I take exception to is the use of these statistics and the damage they inflict on a number of these cities," said Mayor Robert Duffy, chairman of the Criminal and Social Justice Committee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Source: City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America



2007 Election Post-Mortem with Howard Wilkinson

Howard Wilkinson, Political Writer of the Cincinnati Enquirer, shares his thoughts on the recent city council campaign and more. Comments welcome - 4 part video


Rapid Rail for our Metroplex ?

With plans in place for The Banks and streetcar lines through Downtown and OTR, how would a rapid rail system spur growth for the Cincinnati-Dayton metroplex? Let's consider it.

"Every group identified transportation improvements as one of those top projects. The projects included infrastructure improvements, mass transit/light rail system connecting the suburbs with a downtown hub, a rapid rail system linking the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to the Dayton International Airport" Read more HERE

How about this: Let's offer a portion of The Banks to Native Americans. If they bought a very small piece of The Banks property, then petitioned the Feds for reservation status, we could have a casino at The Banks, a streetcar and possibly a light rail system. Wake me up if I am dreaming!


Old School, Cool School: Our man, Mr. Jerry Springer

Many of us remember Jerry Springer's commentaries (he later called 'Final Thought') while he was lead anchor on WLWT Channel 5, but rarely do we get to relive them. Check this one out.

I have a few audio recordings. I'll dig them up and post. The most meaningful commentary/story is about his Jewish father not wanting to give up his car late in life... Why? The Nazi's may come again. He felt he needed his car to escape them.

This is the man Cincinnati loves, and the US loves to hate. Springer was hand picked to replace Phil Donahue. During one of his first nationally broadcast shows (from Cincinnati), a KKK type panelist said he would have made sure Springer's family died in the holocaust if he had a hand in it. This is when the "Jerry Springer Show" went wrong... Jerry ran to the stage and punched the guy. The shows ratings went through the roof. Springer quickly learned... shit sells!


11/26/07: Streetcar Financing Plan

DATE CHANGED: On Monday, November 26th at 1:00p, the financing plan for the Streetcar will be presented to City Council's Finance Committee (Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum Street). While the streetcar has a lot of intrinsic support, people do ask, "So how will we pay for it?"

Our city plans to build the Streetcar's initial two miles (four miles round-trip) from 2nd and Main to 20th and Elm with 100% local money and not rely on other jurisdictions of government for funding. This investment can later be used as the local match for securing Federal transit funds to build the next extension of the Streetcar to Uptown, the planning of which will commence early next year. It's a clever strategy that enables Cincinnati to get rails in the ground quickly, show success, and then leverage that success into a more extensive system.

Queen City Time Lapse


Combined Downtown Sector Meeting

On Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 9AM there will be a combined sector meeting at the Cincinnati Police Communication Center on Lehman Road. This meeting will replace our previous October & November scheduled meetings. This should be an interesting tour and we hope you can attend. Please RSVP to Rich Cappel, dcappel@fuse.net or Shelly, shelly@downtowncincinnati.com if you plan to attend.


Green Cincinnati Recycling Plan Debuts

It’s about to get easier to recycle in Cincinnati.

As part of his Green Cincinnati, Mayor Mallory and several members of City Council launched several new efforts to get more Cincinnati residents to recycle.

Under the plan, four new recycling drop-off containers have been set up in different parts of Downtown to give people who live in condos and apartments access to recycling.

Citizens can now sign up for recycling online. Simply go to www.mayormallory.com to sign up to receive a recycling bin.

The Main Library Downtown is the home of one of the new downtown recycling drop-off containers. The other downtown recycling locations are at the corner of 3rd and Butler in Southeast Downtown; the corner of 3rd and Central;and the Cutter Street parking lot off of Court Street.

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Get a recycling bin HERE

Light up Cincinnati: Balluminaria 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

(Rain Date November 25th)
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Eden Park, Mirror Lake

2007 Election Post-Mortem

Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus presents
2007 Election Post-Mortem

Featuring Special Guest
Howard Wilkinson
Political Writer, Cincinnati Enquirer

Join a lively discussion detailing what went right for some candidates and issues and what went wrong for others as we recap the unprecedented political landscape of the November 6, 2007 election

Wednesday, November 14th @ 7:00pm

First Unitarian Church
(corner of Reading and Linton)


Northside's EcoVillage

UC’s Department of Industrial Design has entered into a collaboration with the community of Northside, a green development group, a neighborhood group, several architects and the City of Cincinnati, to develop a plan to build an eco-community that is targeted to mixed income, mixed demographic, and multi­use. The location in Northside is an eighty-plus acre site that was cleared in the sixties for a freeway connector that was never built. That site is now reverting from the Department of Transportation back to the city, and they are seeking development proposals. This project would emerge as a national example of green collaboration.