"Building Cincinnati isn't a job, it's a lifestyle."
So reads the tag line on my Facebook page. I wish I could take full credit for the line, because it sums up my relationship with the website so succinctly. Since late 2006, I have worked to develop the site and brand into an informative, accurate, and timely alternative and independent news source covering the urban built environment and the policies that shape it.
But serving that mission requires a full-time commitment, and, in my honest opinion, full-time work deserves full-time pay.
For the past couple of months, I've been working with a consultant on a business plan that would not only cover business costs (such as a much-needed site upgrade, travel, etc.), but also provide a sustainable financing stream that could continue to fund my work and allow me to make a real living. I remain optimistic, but crunch time is quickly approaching and it's time for me to step things up.
A September survey of hundreds of Building Cincinnati readers revealed that nearly one-third of all respondents use some portion of the website for professional purposes. This is encouraging, as it's likely that sponsorships from local firms will be one of the ways, if not the only way, to fund the site.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be reaching out to you professional contacts whom I have met personally to find out how you use the site in your day-to-day operations and to discuss possible sponsorship opportunities.
In the meantime, I urge both professional and non-professional readers to contact me with any feedback, ideas, or offers at email@example.com. Thank you for your loyal readership and your continued patience.
Now, let's make this happen!
Editor and Publisher
Monday, November 4, 2013
"Building Cincinnati isn't a job, it's a lifestyle."
Posted by Kevin LeMaster at 2:00 PM
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The money will be spent to build a retaining wall behind the residences between 1815 and 1855 Walker Street, which began slipping due to an absentee landlord's burst water pipe and a Metropolitan Sewer District project on the adjacent Alma Street, causing damage to sewer lines, decks, and backyards of multiple properties.
Posted by Kevin LeMaster at 4:30 PM
The grants are available through the City Energy Project, a joint venture between the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation that seeks to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in 10 American cities.
Posted by Kevin LeMaster at 3:30 PM
In May, Cincinnati City Council announced its intent to appropriate 75 parcels – or nearly five acres – of property for the West Martin Luther King Drive Improvement Project, and on August 7 they made it official.
Council's emergency ordinance allows the City to begin acquiring property and temporary easements for the $11.3 million project, which will smooth the S-curve and improve sight lines between McMicken and Dixmyth avenues and will add additional center-turn capability. Other improvements will include wider lanes, a bicycle side path, new pedestrian islands at Clifton Avenue, and upgraded traffic signals.
Posted by Kevin LeMaster at 2:30 PM
YEAR BUILT: 1895
USE: Two-family dwelling
OWNER: Asset Management Directors LLC (Chico, CA)
ASSESSED VALUE: $49,660
CONDEMNED: July 2009, for a rotten roof structure, defective guardrails, deteriorated foundation, missing siding, broken and missing windows, gutters, disconnected electrical, and litter. A civil fine was issued in October 26. At a hearing one month later, the owner's attorney claimed he was trying to get the bank to take back the property, and that it might be going to sheriff's sale.
HAZARD: November 2012, adding missing rake boards and damage from fallen trees. Tax delinquent.
REASON RAZED: Declared a public nuisance and entered into the City's hazard abatement program. Demolished using Moving Ohio Forward program funding.
Posted by Kevin LeMaster at 9:00 AM
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Cincinnati City Council has passed a resolution expressing its support for the federal Low Income Housing and New Markets tax credits, which are currently under threat of elimination as Congress considers changes to the tax code.
Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee have recently asked all senators to identify which tax breaks, deductions, and credits should be retained – and which ones should be dropped.
Posted by Kevin LeMaster at 3:45 PM
On August 7, City Council authorized the expenditure of $426,645 in capital improvement program project funds for seven neighborhood business district (NBD) economic development projects on private property, which it called a public purpose that will create and preserve jobs.
The projects include:
- $150,000 for the acquisition and redevelopment of 6025 Montgomery Road in Pleasant Ridge, which consists of two storefronts totaling 3,600 square feet that has not seen significant commercial activity in five years. The Pleasant Ridge Development Corporation is partnering with the Pleasant Ridge Montessori Foundation to remodel the property for a daycare program, community clinic, and restaurant.
- $79,145 for a marquee and community message board at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts in West Price Hill, the fifth and final phase of the building's renovation. The digital sign panels will share information on a rotating basis and will be visible to the estimated 15,000 that pass the building daily.
Posted by Kevin LeMaster at 2:15 PM