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Believe . . . It’s SPRING!!!  [Just 6 MONTHS till the District A FESTIVAL ~ 10/11/14]

NOW we’re partying outside again on SATURDAY, May 10th, at The Character Building.

The Short Tree and the Bird that Could Not Sing will be your last chance this year to see a Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park “Off the Hill” production close to home. 

AND it will be your first chance to see how ‘old Shroder School’ in Kennedy Heights is becoming The Character Building, at 3500 Lumford Place, in Kennedy Heights.

On SATURDAY, May 10th, from 7 – 8:30 PM, District A brings you the last and most hilarious production of this season.  You’ll be laughing from start to finish (no matter what your age) while the Short Tree and tone-deaf Bird try to solve their problems – besieged by the funniest lumberjacks ever and assisted by many including a unicycling Gyspy woman you may never forget.

Arrive early!  At 6 PM, the Character Building campus will be open for picnics on the lawn.  Purchase your food on site or bring your own to enjoy as you’re entertained by dancers and circus performers, too. 

All this is made possible by our Community Partners and Hosts:

Kennedy Heights Montessori Center, Revolution Dance Theatre, the Institute for Youth Development and Excellence, and My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus.  COME MEET THEM ALL and DON’T MISS THIS EVENING!

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2014 in District A has been busy ~ On JAN 7th, City Planners came to Pleasant Ridge Community Council to introduce and discuss Form-Based Code” with all of us.  The room was full; the questions from residents and business owners raised key issues; and a motion to move forward passed unanimously!

Scroll down to learn more about “Form-Based Code” within Plan Cincinnati and take a look at the approved Urban Design Plan (2000) + Market Study & Vision (2007) for Pleasant Ridge.  These documents = the foundation on which we can build a Form-Based Code for our Business District.

And looking back, 2013 brought us much to be thankful for,

THANKS for PLAY in the PARK Wednesdays at KENNEDY PARK ~ clearly the BIGGEST HIT of last SUMMER.  While September 4th was the final Play in the Park date for 2013, Cincinnati is still talking about how this grassroots effort came to be and has grown to be such a community success-story!

THANKS for GROWING the ARTS among us.  2013 has brought us these new businesses & venues …        

  • Bi-okoto African Cultural Center is completely repurposing what was once the Mills Fence Co. at 5601 Montgomery, all 27,000 square feet of it.  In addition to dance & music studios, the plan includes a theatre performance space that already has its 200+ seating/riser system thanks to the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in our neighboring community.
  • My Nose Turns Red youth circus is now bringing new life and acrobatics into the former Schroeder School at 3500 Lumford Ave, in Kennedy Heights.  Look for local performances!
  • Edible Ohio Valley Magazine has located its production office on Kennedy Ave just across from the Kennedy Heights Cultural Center.
  • AND, at 6030 Ridge Road (across from Mullaney’s Pharmacy) a transformation is in the works for a tiny shop that’s long been deserted.  The Dandy Haberdashery opened OCT 5th. You’ll have to go inside to discover all that’s there!

THANKS for More Neighborhood Support, as well.  District A has helped the Community Councils & Development Corporations of both Kennedy Heights/Pleasant Ridge to strengthen their relationships with local business investors and property owners.  THIS YEAR, the monthly Shop Hop Weekend of discounts created in Pleasant Ridge have grown to include Kennedy Heights businesses, too. 

As ONE Community ~ Kennedy Heights/Pleasant Ridge are growing better together …

Our First-Ever Inter-Neighborhood Conversations exceeded all expectations.  In Spring and Summer of 2013, the two neighborhood Community Councils & two Business District Development Corporations joined with District A to begin our own Inter-Neighborhood Planning in conjunction with Plan Cincinnati, the City’s new strategic plan.

Click on Inter-Neighborhood Planning in the menu to your left to read our SUMMARY REPORTS and see some of the results from our 150+ participants.  Get in touch with any of us – at any time – and become part of our growing better together!

The complete Plan Cincinnati report is available at www.plancincinnati.org.  You can access key sections of the plan here.

Vision, Goals, Preface & Introduction
The Guiding Policy Principles of Plan Cincinnati
Guiding Geographic Principles, Parts 1 & 2
Guiding Geographic Principles, Parts 3 & 4
LIVE Initiative, Part 1
LIVE Initiative, Part 2
Collaborate and Implementation
Glossary
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You’ll read that Kennedy Heights and Pleasant Ridge are among 39 neighborhoods with designated “Neighborhood Business Districts” and among the 14 that also have “Urban Design Overlay Districts.” (These are good things.)  With these foundations in place, we’re poised to work with the City to achieve two vibrant “neighborhood centers” along Montgomery Road. Plan Cincinnati defines neighborhood centers as “the building blocks of our neighborhoods . . .  the traditional, walkable cores of our communities that feature not only commercial uses but also contain much of our civic infrastructure and the amenities that we need to go about our daily lives.”

To discover all the planning that each of our neighborhoods has already accomplished, check out these links:

2003 KH Comprehensive Community Plan
2005 KH Feasibility Study/Urban Design Plan
2000 PR Urban Design Plan, Part 1
2000 PR Urban Design Plan, Part 2
2007 PR Market Study & Vision Plan, Part 1
2007 PR Market Study & Vision Plan, Part 2
2007 PR Market Study & Vision Plan, Part 3