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...