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.
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.
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.
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: