This city is often overlooked and under appreciated, even by those that live here. [Cincinnati 2012 President] Nick Vehr dared to challenge the public perception of Cincinnati. He dared to dream big. Cincinnati 2012 may not have brought us the Olympics, but it did bring a sense of civic pride to the city. […] While in recent time, Cincinnati has certainly been on the rise, Vehr’s Olympic story shows us that you can combat the naysayers and change the perception — Cincinnati is a city worth fighting for.
Fortunately, Senator Brown sees the danger of the amendment, and replied:
I appreciate hearing your views on how important it is to fund transportation initiatives in Cincinnati. Recently an amendment was offered to the House appropriations bill that would restrict funding for light rail or “fixed guideway” systems in the City of Cincinnati. I share your concerns about this potentially overbroad language.
Should relevant legislation come before the Senate, you can be sure I will keep your concerns in mind.
On the latest episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we discuss Rep. Chabot’s amendment, which would ban future federal funding for any sort of light rail, commuter rail, streetcar, freight rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), or other “fixed guideway” system in Cincinnati.
We also discuss how the extreme politicization of transportation issues results in politicians “selling out” their own constituants and costs taxpayers much more in the long run.
You may not be able to build 90 sq. ft. apartments anymore, but apartments as small as 275 sq. ft. may soon be legal again in New York. It’s perfect if you want to recreate one of the tiny, self-contained apartment units found inside IKEA stores.
Unfortunately, they either threw this thing together quickly or didn’t realize that Cincinnati isn’t the only city with a Washington Park. Their gallery currently includes a shot of Washington Square Park in New York (pictured above). I assume they will go back and remove it as more people point this out to them.
Washington Park, Cincinnati’s oldest park, re-opened today after a massive renovation and expansion. It now features a dog park, interactive water features where kids can play and cool off, and a stage for programming similar to Fountain Square.
Great photo by 5chw4r7z of the groundbreaking of Mercer Commons, the biggest project so far in the revitalization of Over-the-Rhine. Nineteen crumbling buildings will be renovated, and new office, retail, and residential space will be constructed.
Moreover, [author Alan Ehrenhalt] notes, “the [millennial] generation is simply so large—by one conventional measure, sixty to seventy million people—that even a respectable minority of this cohort seeking an urban life is bound to change American metropolitan areas dramatically.” In other words, the inversion, to the extent it is occurring, is the product of real preferences, not an urban-planning straitjacket imposed by those who disdain suburban sprawl.
As much as I link to articles about the upcoming generation preferring urban life, I understand that different people want to live in different environments and cities aren’t for everyone. The great point being made here is that even a moderate shift toward urban living is going to have a huge overall impact.