City Council has good intentions, bad judgment

Investment in minority-owned business fails to pay off In March 2012, Cincinnati’s city council voted to give $684,000 in grants to help restore space at the Banks (a mixed-use development project on Cincinnati’s riverfront) for a restaurant project called Mahogany’s and to loan an additional $300,000 to the restaurant to buy necessities and begin operations. The stated intention of these actions was to draw an African American-owned business to the city’s rapidly developing Banks project. In August 2013, however, owner Liz Rogers began falling behind on payments to the city, and in March 2014 she began to fall behind on … Continue reading City Council has good intentions, bad judgment

Cincinnati sewer situation stinks of bureaucratic bickering

The sewers in Hamilton County are a mess, and it’s not due to anything that’s been flushed down a toilet. The reason my nose is wrinkled, rather, is because the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSGDC) has become the latest object of conflict in the seemingly endless chest-beating contest between the governments of the county of Hamilton and the city of Cincinnati. However, come 2018, there may be a way to salvage the sewage district, which appears to be up an ironic creek without a paddle. In 1968, the city and county signed an agreement which stated that, although … Continue reading Cincinnati sewer situation stinks of bureaucratic bickering