It appears that, eight months into his term as Cincinnati’s mayor, John Cranley has found his soul mate.
Amid a flurry of media interviews and press conferences this past week, Cranley introduced his choice to become the city’s next city manager – 51-year-old Harry E. Black, who, for the past two-and-a-half years, has been the finance director of the city of Baltimore.
Harry E. Black, the finance director in Baltimore, is Mayor John Cranley’s pick to be Cincinnati’s next city manager, according to a source close to the mayor.
"I'm very excited about this,'' Cranley said in a news conference this afternoon in the mayor's office. "Here's a guy who lifted himself up by his own bootstraps in a very tough neighborhood of Baltimore."
As finance director in Baltimore, Cranley said, he guided the city to the first upgrade in the city's credit rating in 10 years.
The barricades on McMicken Street to reduce prostitution are scheduled to be in place for about another month, but some residents want them to be removed now.
Vanessa Sparks of the Mohawk Area Development Corporation told Cincinnati City Council's Law and Public Safety Committee this morning that the barricades are placing a burden on the neighborhood's residents.
A majority of Cincinnati City Council voted today to give a development company over $1.356 million dollars in federal housing dollars for an affordable housing project in Pendleton.
But that is less than the $1.9 million the city administration had proposed for the plan to rehab 40 units in the neighborhood.
Some council members wanted to hold back $543,000 for a permanent supportive housing project in Avondale that would not have been available if the Pendleton developer, Wallick-Hendy Development had gotten the entire $1.9 million.