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Bike lanes
10:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

A compromise on Central Pkwy bike lanes, but some on Council not supportive

Central Parkway bike lane supporters outside Cincinnati City Hall.
Tana Weingartner

Update 4/23/14 at 10:30 am:

A business owner who's asking the city to modify a plan to install protected bike lanes on Central Parkway is now offering to raise private money to assist with the project.  

Tim Haines wants to preserve on-street parking in front of his building. He's asking council members to support Vice Mayor David Mann's compromise motion introduced Tuesday.  It would take the bike lanes out of the travel lanes on Central Parkway and place them closer to the sidewalk on a separate path between Ravine and Brighton Streets.

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Cincinnati Archdiocese
5:04 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Archdiocese now has petitions protesting new teacher contract

Demonstrators gather on Fountain Square to pray and sing as they protest the new Catholic teacher contract.
Ann Thompson WVXU

More than 100 people gathered to sing and pray on Fountain Square Tuesday afternoon and then marched to the Cincinnati Archdiocese to turn in petitions protesting the new 2014-2015 contract all teachers at Catholic schools will have to sign.

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Housing
12:48 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Foreclosures down but problem persists

A foreclosed home sits abandoned in South Cumminsville.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Working in Neighborhoods' (WIN) annual foreclosure report is out and the numbers are slightly better for 2013.

Completed Sheriff's Sales in Hamilton County dropped 17.5 percent from 2012 and new foreclosure filings fell 24 percent. That's the lowest new filings have been since the housing crisis began.

{Read the full report here.}

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Cincinnati government
12:27 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Joint Cincinnati council/school board meetings continue

Earlier this year some Cincinnati Council members and city public school officials announced plans for joint meetings.  The second such session was held Monday night and another is likely to be held next month.  

The effort is called ACES, or Alliance for Community and Educational Success.  Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld was one of the organizers.

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March Housing Market
12:13 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Home sales slow again, but positive signs still there

Local realtors say they saw another drop in business last month, likely the leftover effect of the extreme winter weather.  Home sales fell 8 percent in the Cincinnati area compared to March 2013.  Northern Kentucky closings were off by 7 percent.  

Sales were down more than 6 percent across Ohio.  Chris Hall, president of the Ohio Association of Realtors had this take:  

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