What more fitting place than the rotunda of the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal for hundreds of friends to come together Sunday to celebrate the life of the late William L. Mallory Sr., one of the city’s political giants of the 20th century?
It was there, in the 1940s, as a young boy from a poor family in the West End, that he shined the shoes of thousands of people traveling through the bustling train station, listening to their stories of faraway places, as they would flip him a quarter for a tip.
The board of the Dayton arts organization Cityfolk has voted to dissolve the group. The unanimous vote comes five months after Cityfolk canceled its 2013-2014 season and the annual summer music festival.
In a release, the board says Cityfolk's assets will be transferred to the University of Dayton. Its records and files are being donated to Wright State's Special Collections and Archives.
Our decision was a difficult one, but the right one," says Cityfolk President Matt Dunn.
The group was founded in 1980 to present ethnic and traditional folk arts.
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:
"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.
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.