Urban News: March 9, 2012

Ironton OhioWith winter fast ending, I thought it may be good to restart a segment I had long abandoned.

  • The Western Wildlife Corridor has turned a passion for nature into a crusade for a more beautiful Ohio River Valley. Stretching from Mill Creek near downtown Cincinnati, Ohio to the Great Miami River bordering Indiana, the WWC’s work seeks to enhance the quality of life for Cincinnatians by removing pollutants from the air and water, eradicating invasive plant species and helping boost the values of properties along the river. (Via Soapbox)
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Music Hall may be sold to a private consortium in order to finance and complete restoration of the 134-year-old icon of Cincinnati, Ohio. The cost of the work is estimated to be over $160 million. (Via Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Saving school buildings in shrinking cities was discussed at PreservationNation, the blog of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (Via PreservationNation)
  • What to do about the 8-foot rule that Duke Energy supposedly requires for work on underground utilities in Cincinnati, Ohio? That is the minimum spacing that they require from a manhole to streetcar track, except that it is three-feet or less in every city that has a streetcar or light-rail in operation – including cities where Duke Energy is present. (Via CityBeat)
  • Do bike paths promote bike riding? Or does the inclusion of bike paths, bike lanes, showers and locker rooms in downtown (similar to Bike & Park) and education promote bike riding? (Via The Atlantic Cities)
  • A movie theater planned for Rookwood Exchange in Oakley, Cincinnati, Ohio has been scrapped so that the developer can focus more on office space. If only residential would be included, the development would be killer. At one point, the Exchange was to be an urban retail development, with IKEA (now in West Chester Township) and Crate and Barrel (now in Kenwood) as major tenants. (Via Cincinnati Business Courier)
  • An old school in Maysville, Kentucky may be redeveloped into housing. (Via Lexington Herald-Leader)
  • The vacant Old St. George Catholic Church in Corryville, Cincinnati, Ohio could be expanded, turned into boutique hotel. Plans for the hotel have received new life. (Via Cincinnati Business Courier | Second Article)

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