Riverfront Commons

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A new Northern Kentucky walking and biking trail is expected to ramp up economic development.

Governor Steve Beshear stood on the largely deserted Covington Landing when handing over a $4 million federal check Wednesday that will help pay for Riverfront Commons, an 11 mile walking and biking trail from Ludlow to Dayton and beyond.

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The first phase of a six-city walking and bike trail in Kentucky along the Ohio River is now open.

Southbank Partners President Jack Moreland says eventually the 11.5 mile trail called Riverfront Commons will extend from Ft. Thomas to Ludlow.

"People are beginning to want to come back to the urban core to live," says Moreland. "Apartments are being built... primarily for young professionals... They want to walk. They want to bike. They want to be close to amenities so they don't have to get in their cars and drive 30 miles to the mall."


An 11-mile walking and biking trail is the centerpiece of a new economic development plan unveiled Thursday for Northern Kentucky's riverfront.  Southbank Partners President Jack Moreland says Riverfront Commons would link six cities from Fort Thomas to Ludlow as part of Imagination 2020.

He says the trail would use a series of intersections called nodes to connect with places in each community.