Monday, March 4, 2013

Riverfront Development just Down Stream

Hello friends!

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.  Not only did I enjoy friends and rediscover the origins of slavery in America and the Civil Rights Movement, but I finally experience how our downstream neighbors along the Ohio are reinventing their riverfront.  Located between Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ballpark, I walked amongst the outdoor stage, Civil War Memorial and the Cincinnati bike center.  Knowing only a little bit about the Banks Project (the river development project), I was surprised at the progress they have already made and the impact it has had on the area.  My friends and I meditated while walking the labyrinth and learning about the Black Brigade defending Cincinnati from Confederate troops, all while bikers and runners enjoyed the perfect morning sun.  According to Wikipedia, $3.5 billion has been spent on the Banks and even more is yet to come.  
Just imagine what Dayton could do with only 10% of that...

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