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THE CURIOUS CASE FOR REBUILDING A RIVERFRONT
|Jack Moreland of Southbank Parners speaks as|
Community Development Director Jackson Kinney
listens in background.
Last night, a public input session was held at City Hall in regards to Covington's plans for redeveloping its riverfront. It involved a powerpoint presentation that has been shown before featuring two old, abandoned riverfront plans that were never implemented, slides from the redeveloped riverfronts of cities ten to thirty times our size, shots of Cincinnati's new Banks development, and, for some odd reason, slides of the closed Mike Fink, Waterfront and the Landing as examples of water-based business (one closed, one sank and one washed away). This unfocused, uninspired presentation is not one to create optimism for the riverfront. However, the feedback from the citizens in attendance was very hopeful and passionate (this City sure does have some knowledgeable, engaged people).
SEE ALSO: I yield to Amanda Van Benschoten's piece on the issue in today's Enquirer. Click Here. It's much sunnier than I saw the development.
"What we do with our riverfront is very important to the overall strategy for the revitalization of the urban core." -Jackson Kinney, Community Development Director.
"We want to see people come back to the river because it's a fun place to be. (Riverfront Commons) design guidelines will be flexible so that you know you're on Riverfront Commons trails but also to allow private developers to put their own personality on it." -Jack Moreland, Southbank Partners
Note: Riverfront Commons involves 8 government entities: 2 counties and 6 cities. Moreland mentioned that if grant writing were completed by the spring of 2012, the earliest we would see some funds for the Commons is 2013.
I asked about what the immediate plans are to help fill the soon-to-be vacated Madison Place and the emptying RiverCenter Towers. "We hear from tenants that patrons want more to do. There's a lot of momentum, including the IRS staying in the vicinity. We work every day to get tenants into those spaces." -Larry Klein, City Manager
MEANWHILE: Louisville is breaking ground on its riverfront development WFPL
DAYTIME CURFEW PART OF PACKED COMMISSION AGENDA FOR TONIGHT
If you missed last night's update, the agenda for tonight's Covington Commission meeting includes a final vote on the daytime curfew in the city as well as some other items of note. For the full breakdown (as well as: An update on the proposed methadone clinic for Latonia; An endangered species lands extra protection from industry on the Ohio River; Plus, what's the most shoplifted item this season?), click the link.
TAKE A SURVEY FOR THE CENTER CITY ACTION PLAN
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OCCUPY NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Covington joins the occupied cities this weekend as the anti-greed movement holds a rally in Goebel Park on Sunday. From the organizers:
We will be holding our inaugural march through Mainstrasse, Covington on Sunday, December 11th, starting at 2 pm. Bring signs and banners in support of the 99% and against corporate domination! We will be gathering together at Goebels Park (by the Mainstrasse clock tower) and then marching. Invite everyone you can, let's make this big and help show why the 99% is too big to fail!See event details here.
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COVINGTON'S ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF TEACHES KIDS TO PLAY DRUMS
A great story on our very own Spike Jones:
A Monday night drum lesson has these Covington children excited about learning and they're paying close attention to their teacher. Spike Jones is their mentor by night -- Covington's Assistant Police Chief by day. He's been dedicating time to teaching kids a skill he practiced through college.Local 12
Lt. Colonel Jones started teaching the group two years ago. The drum corp is replacing music lessons that are no longer offered in some of the city's schools. "I know that kids that are involved just do better academically."
JENI LEE DINKEL STORY GETS WEIRDER
Last week, Jim Hannah wrote that the mother of Jeni Lee Dinkel's teen victim that Dinkel was convicted of raping, was attacked by Jeni Lee during a performance of Wicked at the Aronoff Center. Now, the story takes another turn. Good, strange story.
Cincinnati Enqurier/Jim Hannah
LIBRARY WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO USE I-PADS, ETC
Thank goodness! Plus, there are lots more events and classes scheduled at the best library system in the state.
Kenton Co Library
DOES RUDOLPH PROMOTE BULLYING?
A professor at Hofstra thinks so.
FOX News via 700 WLW