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    EDITORIAL> GETTING IT RIGHT IN THE QUEEN CITY
    Alan G. Brake praises progressive urbanism in Cincinnati.

    America has a deep-seated anti-urban streak, which happens to dovetail, in the eyes of many, with a mistrust of government at every level. The Republican presidential primary has flared with anti-urban rhetoric, which is particularly shortsighted given the still-weak state of the economy, one in which urban areas are bouncing back faster than their rural and exurban counterparts. That cities are the country’s economic engine seems obvious almost to the point of being self-evident, so why is it still seen as politically advantageous to denigrate urban areas? And why are urbanists so bad at making the case for cities with the public?

    READ MORE: http://archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=6045

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    Study: The Banks having $92M impact
    May. 23, 2012
    Laura Baverman

    DOWNTOWN — Residents, diners and contractors at The Banks development on Cincinnati’s riverfront soon may pump $91.6 million a year into the local economy, a new report shows.

    Those dollars, combined with the $556 million impact of more than four years of construction, are contributing sales, property and earnings tax to repay city and county investments of $157.8 million, researchers from the University of Cincinnati Economics Center found.

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    309 Vine’s new look
    6:26 AM, May. 29, 2012
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    DOWNTOWN — The tall and stately PNC Tower, lit up nightly in white, often casts a shadow on its low-profile neighbors. With its classic, colonnade pyramid top, designed by the famed New York architect Cass Gilbert, the massive 31-story tower is more notable than the nondescript eight-story structure beside it on Vine Street.

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    Tuesday, June 5, 2012
    10 Years Later: How Cincinnati Healed Its City Core — and Its Reputation
    by Angie Schmitt

    Just over 10 years ago, Cincinnati was in chaos. Race riots sparked by incidents of policy brutality erupted not far from the University of Cincinnati in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. That is the kind of thing that some cities never recover from, the kind of thing that can brand a city as a combustible node of raw and ugly tensions.

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    Fifth and Race project envisioned as newest skyline jewel
    Tower to house apartments, dunnhumbyUSA headquarters
    12:39 PM, Jun. 15, 2012

    DOWNTOWN — Plans revealed Thursday for Downtown’s most high-profile undeveloped site now include a tower up to 30 stories high, grabbing Fifth and Race a prime spot on Cincinnati’s skyline.

    Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. hopes to build up to 20 stories of 200 apartments atop a headquarters for dunnhumbyUSA. Parking garages and a street level full of restaurants, entertainment venues and apparel stores also would occupy the building, replacing a vast parking lot there now.

    READ MORE: http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?NoCache=1&Dato=20120615&Kategori=BIZ&Lopenr=306150015&Ref=AR

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    Music Hall deal appears close
    6:54 AM, Jun. 27, 2012

    DOWNTOWN — A proposed agreement that likely would keep Music Hall under the city of Cincinnati’s ownership and speed up the city’s financial backing for a $165 million renovation of the iconic Over-the-Rhine building appears to have broken a lengthy stalemate over the deal.

    READ MORE: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120626/NEWS/306260095/Music-Hall-deal-appears-close

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    Cincinnati vs. Cincinnati
    Friday, July 6th, 2012

    In a post on Cincinnati called “A Midwest Conundrum” I noted the apparent disconnect between a place that has probably the best collection of assets of any city/region its size in America, and the long term stagnation the region has experienced.

    What’s caused that? The reasons are complex, but something that I’ve long noticed is that Cincinnati is one of the most socially fragmented cities I’ve seen, and among other things has one of the worst city-suburb divides in America. I’ve rarely seen a place where suburbanites so openly brag about how they never come into the city like they do in Cincinnati.

    READ MORE: http://www.urbanophile.com/2012/07/06/cincinnati-vs-cincinnati/

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    Cincinnati on the Rebound
    Submitted by kapoppel on Thu, 07/26/2012

    Many mid-sized cities around the United States are vying for economic revival in the next decade; cities like Pittsburg, Indianapolis, etc continue to plan ahead for a sustainable future. Regions and metropolises are banding together to create urban centers with broad ranges of communities. By partly following in the steps of revival after the Great Depression, cities everywhere are investing millions into public, private, and public and private partnerships to breathe new life into our cities. Cincinnati is no exception.

    READ MORE: http://www.cnu.org/cnu-salons/2012/07/cincinnati-rebound

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    A Critical View of Plan Cincinnati
    Submitted by kapoppel on Fri, 08/03/2012

    Cincinnati is in the final stages of approving its new comprehensive plan, the first of its kind in thirty years. Plan Cincinnati, as it is appropriately dubbed, is a long-range plan – 2020 and beyond. The city has decided on four principles to focus its efforts: revitalization, using transportation to link nodes, industrial reinvestment, and ‘creating new centers of activity’.

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    Music Hall renovation delay likely
    3:24 AM, Aug. 7, 2012
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    The Music Hall renovation project likely has been delayed again while the Music Hall Revitalization Co. and City Hall continue to hammer out a lease agreement. Construction was previously announced to begin in May 2014, with the hall’s resident arts groups returning to the refurbished venue during the fall of 2015.

    READ MORE: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120806/NEWS/308060095/Music-Hall-renovation-delay-likely

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    Renovation Planned For Cincy Tunnel, Historic Park
    By: Associated Press | NBC4
    Published: August 12, 2012

    CINCINNATI — Ohio plans a major renovation of a downtown Cincinnati tunnel. Supporters of the $34 million Lytle Tunnel project say it could jump-start the overhaul of historic Lytle Park, and attract new restaurants, apartments, and condos to the area.

    READ MORE: http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2012/aug/12/renovation-planned-cincy-tunnel-historic-park-ar-1134677/

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    Tunnel work would upgrade Lytle Park
    12:10 AM, Aug. 9, 2012
    Written by Jason Williams

    A $34 million renovation to Lytle Tunnel could jump-start the overhaul of a historic park and spur the development of new restaurants, apartments and condominiums in eastern Downtown. “This whole thing could become a city unto itself,” said Western & Southern chief executive officer John Barrett. W&S owns several properties around the park. Ohio Department of Transportation officials told The Enquirer that the state plans to start work in spring 2014 to install new ventilation, lighting and tiles inside the Interstate 71 tunnel, part of which runs underneath Lytle Park.

    READ MORE: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120808/BIZ/308100003/Tunnel-work-would-upgrade-Lytle-Park

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    Brent Spence Bridge project clears federal hurdle
    6:06 AM, Aug. 14, 2012
    Written by Jason Williams

    The federal government has approved the Ohio Department of Transportation’s preferred plan for a new Brent Spence Bridge, which means work conceivably could begin on the project if funding was in place.

    READ MORE: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120813/BIZ/308130060/Brent-Spence-Bridge-project-clears-federal-hurdle?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CBusiness

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    Plan Cincinnati aims to guide city back towards its urban roots
    BY RANDY A. SIMES ― AUGUST 30, 2012

    After a three-year planning process, Cincinnati’s first comprehensive plan in 32 years will be shared with the city’s Planning Commission. The hearing marks a ceremonious occasion for city employees that have worked tirelessly on the plan since Mayor Mark Mallory (D) tasked them to work with the community on putting together an updated plan for the Queen City.

    The City of Cincinnati Planning Department will share the 228-page document with the Planning Commission at 6pm today at City Hall (map). From there the document will move on to City Council’s Livable Communities Committee, and then the full City Council for approval where officials do not expect much, if any, pushback from the nine-member elected body. After formal approval from City Council, the document will become Cincinnati’s policy guide for everything from financial to environmental decisions, and beyond.

    READ MORE: http://www.urbancincy.com/2012/08/plan-cincinnati-aims-to-guide-city-back-towards-its-urban-roots/

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