Like the national housing market, home sales in Cincinnati declined last month. The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors said closings fell a little more than 7 percent in January compared to a year earlier. It's the first time in more than two years the local market has experienced a drop in closings.
Board president Ken Parchman compares it to the stock market. "Our home sales activity will experience occasional dips as we continue our upward growth," he said in a statement.
Hamilton County is moving in the right direction and continuing to be strong despite facing challenging times. That's how Commission President Chris Monzel led off his 2014 State of the County address Thursday.
The speech focused on the three main priorities from last year's address: county infrastructure, finances and economic development.
Monzel pointed out the county is looking at how to best utilize its building stock and also take advantage of its newest acquisition - the former Mercy Mount Airy hospital site.
Cincinnati Police said they've arrested 15 people and taken 11 weapons off the streets so far as part of an ongoing investigation of gang-related violence in the West End. The effort represents four months of investigative work by various law enforcement agencies as part of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence, also known as CIRV.
"We want to send a loud and clear message that we do not accept homicides; we do not accept violent behavior," said Mayor John Cranley at a press briefing Thursday.