According to RealtyTrac, Cincinnati ranked fifth nationally in December when it came to the cities with the highest percentages of institutional investor purchases. These real estate investors are known as flippers and they buy lots of bank-owned foreclosed properties.
Cincinnati officials said Wednesday they still do not know the cost of delaying work on the streetcar project for most of last month. They're still calculating that number and also the effect on the timeline to build the first phase.
Council delayed the project for several weeks before deciding on December 19th to let it move forward. Officials also say the cold weather has caused some delays.
The first actual streetcar will arrive in the city in March 2015.
One of the still hotly contested debates over fracking is whether the practice of extracting trapped gas underground contaminates drinking water. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are using an expensive machine to determine whether, at least in eastern Ohio, any contamination is naturally occurring or from fracking.
There's no shortage of negative publicity when it comes to fracking. Take the 2010 documentary "Gasland."
Hamilton County Commissioners continue to weigh an offer to turn the former Mercy Mount Airy hospital into a new crime lab.
Catholic Health Partners is willing to give the facility to the county for free and the county coroner says the cost to renovate the old hospital would be a lot less than building a whole new crime lab. To make the deal cost effective, however, the county wants to move the Board of Elections out there as well.
Cincinnati Council could be voting in the next several months on proposals to stabilize the city's underfunded pension system. Some members said the action needs to happen soon, while others said the problem will not be remedied overnight.
The Budget and Finance Committee heard about the issue Tuesday.