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Howard Wilkinson's Political Blog
11:34 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Driehaus, Blessing in Beyond Civility debate

Lou Blessing and Denise Driehaus
Beyond Civility

Beyond Civility, an organization that promotes civil discourse and understanding among people with differing political views, has something different planned for the next discussion in its "Back-to-Back" series - a debate on issues between a Democratic legislator and a former Republican lawmaker.

State Rep. Denise Driehaus, a Clifton Democrat, and former state senator and representative Lou Blessing, a Colerain Township Republican, will "present their opposing parties' arguments on some of the hot button public policy issues of the day."

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Highway construction
4:24 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Lytle Tunnel rehab being planned

The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning a major renovation for the Lytle Tunnel.  Some of the work will begin later this year.

The project includes sealing tunnel joints, replacing tiling, and upgrading obsolete lighting and electric systems.

A second phase of the project consists of replacing and expanding the tunnel’s ventilation system.  That will require modifications to Lytle Park above the tunnel.

City Transportation and Engineering Director Michael Moore updated Council's Budget and Finance Committee Monday about the project.

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Kenwood
3:11 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Troubled Kenwood Towne Place has a new name and marketing plan

Kenwood Towne Place, now "Kenwood Collection," has been sitting largely vacant since 2008.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Developer Phillips Edison and leasing agents Jones Lang LaSalle and Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate are beginning to market the newly named "Kenwood Collection," known to most as Kenwood Towne Place.  

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Cincinnati streetcar
3:01 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Cincinnati ready to hire new streetcar executive

John Deatrick
The Banks website

Cincinnati Council could take the necessary steps this week to hire the former head of the city’s transportation and engineering department as the executive director for the streetcar project.

John Deatrick has lots of experience managing big projects including the reconstruction of Fort Washington Way and the public portions of The Banks development.

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Howard Wilkinson's Political Blog
10:12 am
Mon April 8, 2013

GOP running Wegman for Cincinnati council

Melissa Wegman
Hamilton County Republican Party

A first-time candidate, businesswoman Melissa Wegman of East Price Hill, will kick off her campaign for a seat on Cincinnati City Council with a reception Thursday at the Incline Public House in her home neighborhood.

Wegman - who is vice president of The Wegman Company, a commercial furniture services company - is a first time candidate for elective office; and she will run with an endorsement from the Hamilton County Republican Party, according to GOP county chairman Alex Triantafilou.

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