In this Season of Thanksgiving, we have much to be thankful for . . . but most especially, for each neighbor who ’creates community’ every day . . . reaching across our boundaries to multiply our assets & build new opportunities for us all.
THANKS for an amazing 2013 Arts & Music Festival to
- Our soon-to-open Gateways to District A ~ the Kennedy Heights Cultural Center at 6620 Montgomery in Kennedy Heights, and the Bi-okoto Cultural Institute at 5601 Montgomery in Pleasant Ridge.
- Ohio Valley Residential Services ~ our neighbor who gave all of us VAN RIDES throughout District A.
- And to every ARTIST, DANCER, SINGER and MUSCIAN ~ YOU’RE AT THE CORE of every Arts & Music Festival!
THANKS for PLAY in the PARK Wednesdays at KENNEDY PARK ~ clearly the BIGGEST HIT of the SUMMER. While September 4th was the last 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 …
- In August, almost 60 residents, business owners and community leaders enjoyed each others’ company and worked hard to make sure this 2nd Inter-Neighborhood Conversation leads to even more shared ACTION. . . . Stay tuned; we’re organizing your notes & ideas now.
Our First Inter-Neighborhood Conversation Exceeded ALL Expectations . . .
On 3/21/13, the four Kennedy Heights & Pleasant Ridge Community Councils & Development Corporations came together with District A for our initial Inter-Neighborhood Community Conversation based upon Plan Cincinnati, the City’s new strategic plan.
Since then, our Community Councils and Development Corporations, along with the District A Board, have been working through the results of our first brainstorming session in lots of conversations across neighborhoods.
Click on Inter-Neighborhood Planning in the menu to your left to read our SUMMARY REPORT and see all the results from our 85+ participants on 3/21/13. Then join us on AUGUST 7th, 6-8 pm, at Beans & Grapes, 6200 Montgomery Road.
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
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