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6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Bike Share hopes to roll into Cincinnati this summer

Washington D.C. is one of more than a dozen cities with a bike sharing program.
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Bike Share, the increasingly popular membership program allowing riders to check out bikes at multiple locations around town, is anticipated to open up in Cincinnati this summer.

New Executive Director of Cincy Bike Share Jason Barron says, "this is not just for bike enthusiasts...going to a meeting, running an errand, or going to lunch will be a lot more accessible from the time standpoint." He's now in the fundraising stage for the first of what could be three phases:

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Cincinnati Streetcar
2:13 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Streetcar is back on track

Flynn (center) flanked by Mann (L) and Cranley (R) says he's holding signed papers from the Haile Foundation committing $9 million in operating costs.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

"We're going to have a streetcar," says Mayor John Cranley.

Council member Kevin Flynn says he has secured $900,000 per year for 10 years (total = $9 million) from the Haile Foundation to operate the streetcar.

Cranley says he still opposes the project but he won't stop what City Council has decided to move forward on. He will not, however, sign the legislation. "Like I tell my son when he doesn't get his way, it's time to move on." He says he'll be providing project oversight and asking lots of questions to make sure it comes in on time and under budget.

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Home sales
12:21 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Hot streak continues for local housing market

The housing market in the Cincinnati area has marked 29 consecutive months of increased sales, rising 5 percent last month.  The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors says home sales were up 21 percent from January through November.

For all of Ohio, the number of homes sold rose 1.6 percent in November.  That also represents 29 straight months of growth.

Slight drop in the Commonwealth

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Cincinnati Streetcar
9:19 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Cincinnati Council to decide streetcar's fate Thursday

Update 12/18/13 @ 9:30 PM: 

Cincinnati Council will likely vote Thursday on whether the city's controversial streetcar project will continue. 

Construction has been on hold since December 4th.  Now the group will decide whether to let work resume or finally pull the plug on the plan. 

So far the city has spent $34 million on the streetcar project.  An independent audit firm reported Wednesday it will cost anywhere from $16 to $46 million to cancel the streetcar or about $69 million to complete it. 

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Metropolitan Sewer District
12:52 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Could sewer district hiring policies be headed to court?

Credit Tana Weingartner/WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners are growing increasingly frustrated with Cincinnati leaders over which entity gets to set hiring policies for the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).

Commissioner Greg Hartmann is proposing the two sides come up with inclusion goals, incentive programs, and a way to support apprenticeship programs.

"I'm prepared to go to court if that's what it takes," says Hartmann. The local hiring policy passed by City Council is illegal and the responsible bidder program is flat out discrimination against non-union shops."

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