Neighborhood leaders continue to be unsatisfied with the level of council engagement under four-year terms despite the fact that council members rate themselves as doing a good job engaging the community, especially under four-year terms (see below). Therefore, the most important data from the survey are neighborhood suggestions as to how city council can improve its level of community engagement.
Great conversation with two local pastors who are changing the role of church in community: Rev. Rich Jones believes that becoming good neighbors will help transform both the surrounding community and his congregants, while Rev. Sherman Bradley is building an integrated congregation to tackle race and social justice issues.
With little money but big commitment to community, Urban Appalachians tell stories about how their mutual support systems help them thrive despite poverty.
Many people know about the Kennedy Arts Center. Around since 2004, granted money by the City to help get it started, and providing art classes in a beautiful house on Montgomery Road, the Center is a visible success story for the “arts as engagement” movement. But understanding how an old home healed a neighborhood will provide a master course in grass roots community building. Let’s look at a timeline of lessons any citizen activist can take from this story.
Never underestimate the value of Cincinnati recreation centers to their surrounding communities. Check out this photo montage to get a glimpse of the role the Hawthorne Avenue rec center plays in East Price Hill every day.
With the return of NSP administration to the City, a shift in neighborhood funding from Community Councils to Business Districts and Development Corporations, it became apparent that Invest would need to adapt.