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Cincinnati the cheapest of 24 major U.S. cities surveyed for living costs


Yahoo Finance has gathered statistics from the Economic Policy Institute's 2015 Family Budget Calculator to demonstrate, once and for all, that living in San Francisco and New York City is really expensive. The accompanying story suggests that Cincinnati might be a cheaper — and vastly superior (our interpretation) — alternative.

"Even if you're living on your own, expenses can add up," Yahoo Finance explains. "Especially in a big city."

The Economic Policy Institute gathered data in 618 metro areas throughout the the U.S. for several different family types, and Yahoo's story focused on the cost of living for a single person (one adult, zero children) in 24 major U.S. cities. Their numbers measure the annual cost of necessities for one adult to live a "modest lifestyle" by estimating the costs of housing, food, transportation, health care, other necessities and taxes; the numbers don't include savings or discretionary spending.

It costs over $43,500 per year for a single person to live in San Francisco and NYC, the two most expensive cities of the 24 surveyed. Cincinnati comes in as the cheapest, costing a single person $25,403 per year. Cleveland, San Antonio and Pittsburgh were just behind Cincinnati on the list.

Read the full Yahoo Finance story here.
 

Ohio fumes over renaming of Mount McKinley


Ohio politicians are upset that President Obama used an executive order on Sunday to restore the name of Mount McKinley in Alaska to its original native name, Denali. They say the move disses Ohio's William McKinley, the 25th President who was elected in 1896, re-elected in 1900 and assassinated in 1901.

"I'm deeply disappointed in this decision," The New York Times quotes Speaker John A. Boehner.

"We have no problem whatsoever with Alaskans," says Kimberly Kenney, curator of McKinley’s museum and library in Canton. "We are happy for them. It's their mountain. It's just a little bit sad."

Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauert strangely interjects a parenthetical section midway through her story to dismiss Ohio rumblings, Alaska celebrations and basically all concerns in "flyover" country by reminding readers that Pope Francis would soon be visiting the East Coast:

"There are also a lot of Americans, all due respect both to the 49th state and to the birthplace of Cincinnati chili, who find this and the debate over whether Denali means the 'great one' or 'high one' subjects of minimal importance and are far more concerned about the pope's coming visit to the United States."

Read the full New York Times story here.
 

Cincinnati Public Library improves to fifth busiest in U.S.


The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County checked out more than 18 million items in 2014, making it the fifth busiest public library system in the U.S., according to a new Public Library Data Service statistical report. In last year’s report (2013 usage data), the Library was the sixth busiest library in the U.S.

The 2015 report is based on survey responses collected from more than 1,800 public libraries in the U.S. and Canada for fiscal year 2014. It's published each year by the Public Library Association, the largest division of the American Library Association.

Read the full Cincinnati Business Courier story here.
 

"Choice amenities" like Washington Park are changing urban landscape across U.S.


Michael Gaughan, a director with the National Development Council, writes a column on the Governing Magazine web site today discussing how new ideas and players are coalescing to provide attractive options for the livability of cities, saying that's good news for economic development. He includes Washington Park on a short list of examples of urban projects centering on new forms of recreation and mobility that often have a blurry distinction.

"More recently, a new movement has taken hold that is creating an equally powerful set of amenities for today's city-dwellers," Gaughan writes. "A hallmark of this transformation has been an interdisciplinary approach in which transportation departments and public/private developers are as important to recreation as parks departments have long been. For economic-development professionals, this evolution requires further expansion in the definition of what constitutes an urban amenity as well as who should be recruited for growth partnerships."

Read the full Governing Magazine column here.
 

NYT Magazine chronicles Cincinnati Reds' long connection to Cuba


The New York Times Magazine has a photo story about the Cincinnati Reds' long connection to Cuban baseball, starting with a 1908 tour of Cuba and the debut of Cuban players on the Reds in 1911. The slide show includes information about Tony Perez, whose statue at Great American Ball Park will be unveiled this weekend, and ends with the team's three current Cubans: Raisel Iglesias, Aroldis Chapman and Brayan Pena.

"The Reds were one of the first National League teams to play in Cuba," the photo story says. "During a 1908 exhibition tour of the island, the Reds were sometimes outmatched by the local talent, and the rest of the baseball world took notice. Over the last century of baseball, the team has had consistent luck developing some of the major league's biggest Cuban stars."

See the New York Times slide show here.
 

Social media roundup of FC Cincinnati announcement


FC Cincinnati was introduced Wednesday as an expansion team in the United Soccer League (USL), the equivalent of AA minor league baseball in the hierarchy of U.S. soccer. The team will play at UC's newly renovated Nippert Stadium starting next year, and former U.S. Men’s National Team standout John Harkes will be its first head coach.

The USL has a roundup of social media reaction to and coverage of the FC Cincinnati announcement.

See the full report on the United Soccer League website.
 

47 local companies ranked on Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private firms


The Business Courier reports on 47 Greater Cincinnati companies being ranked in this year's Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest growing privately held firms. Two local companies — United Installs in Erlanger and ePremium Insurance in Mason — make the more selective Inc. 500 list. In fact, ePremium Insurance ranks for the second year in a row.

The largest local private company on the list is RoundTower Technologies of Blue Ash with revenue of $131.5 million. It ranks #1,668 with "only" 244 percent growth over the past three years.

Read the Cincinnati Business Courier article here.
 

Could Cincinnati be a model for police reform nationwide?


Boston's public radio station discusses the recent spate of police shootings of unarmed African Americans by asking the question, "Could Cincinnati be a model for police reform nationwide?"

Website columnist Rich Barlow explains why Cincinnati is succeeding where other U.S. cities aren't.

"One place to look for answers, ironically, is Cincinnati," Barlow writes on WBUR.com. "Ironic, because that’s the city where a white cop stands accused of murdering unarmed black motorist Samuel DuBose. But DuBose’s killer is a university cop, not a municipal one, and that’s important: The Cincinnati PD is a model for the sea change needed in policing.
 
"After race riots 14 years ago following an officer’s killing a black man, Cincinnati altered the way it policed and interacted with its black residents. A lengthy Atlantic article described how the key reform was something called community-oriented policing, which seeks to address problems leading to arrests before the arrests have to be made."

Read the full WBUR column here.
 

Cincinnati's marketing efforts a "best practices" model for collaboration


Andrew Levine writes about "marketing places" for Forbes, and his most recent article discussed how successful cities find ways for their two main marketing organizations — the convention and visitors bureau and the economic development agency —  to work together to increase investment in the city.

Levine suggests five ways the two marketing organizations should collaborate and uses Cincinnati as one of his "best practices" examples.

"Cincinnati is a good example of collaboration," he writes. "In May 2014, the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, REDI Cincinnati and half a dozen major arts organizations in the region led a ten-day mission to New York City (titled 'Cincy in NYC'). Amid performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Joyce Theatre, the group connected with meeting planners, site selection consultants, corporate executives, travel/business media and past Cincinnati residents. It was a tour de force for the community."

Read the full Forbes article here.
 

Miami, XU, UC and NKU ranked in Forbes' top 650 colleges


Forbes is out with its annual rankings of U.S. colleges and universities, focusing more than ever on the hot topic of a college degree's return on investment — which it says differentiates its rankings from U.S. News & World Report, among others.

Miami University was the top Cincinnati area college, ranking 167 overall, ahead of Xavier University at 315, University of Cincinnati at 381 and Northern Kentucky University at 626. Other notable area rankings include Indiana University at 112, Ohio State University at 155, University of Dayton at 220, University of Kentucky at 319 and Ohio University at 407.

"While the cost of U.S. higher education escalates, there’s a genuine silver lining in play," Caroline Howard writes in the intro to "America's Top Colleges Ranking 2015." "A growing number of colleges and universities are now focusing on student-consumer value over marketing prestige, making this a new age of return-on-investment education. This pivot is the result of intense public scrutiny on the substantial cost of a degree vs. long tail worth — the very heart of Forbes' definitive Top Colleges ranking, now in its eighth year."

Forbes partnered with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity to rank the top 650 schools on what Howard says distinguishes is "our belief in 'output' over 'input.' We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank, SAT scores and the like. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?"

Forbes' rankings score colleges on post-graduate success (32.5% of grade), student satisfaction (25%), student debt (25%), academic success (10%) and graduation rate (7.5%).

Read the full Forbes article and rankings here.
 

Roundup: Media coverage of Tensing indictment


Cincinnati is the latest U.S. city in the media crosshairs over a police shooting of an unarmed African-American citizen. Hamilton County's indictment of UC Officer Ray Tensing on murder charges for the killing of Samuel DuBose hinged directly on video from Tensing's body camera of the traffic stop that led to DuBose's death.

In case you want more information and perspectives, here's a roundup of local and national media coverage surrounding Tensing's indictment and police/community relationships in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Enquirer online section: Everything you need to know about the Samuel DuBose shooting

WCPO: How video differed from report of UC shooting, and why attorneys say it's crucial

P.G. Sittenfeld column at Huffington Post: Why white politicians should say black lives matter

New York Times editorial: This environment of death and distrust is a threat to the fabric of society and to democracy itself

Washington Post column: How the lack of police 'discretion' killed Samuel DuBose and Sandra Bland

CityLab: Police body cameras coming everywhere in 3 to 5 years

New York Times: Glare of video is shifting public's view of police

PBS: Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell talks about Cincinnati's changes in policing since 2001 and how Samuel DuBose's death has stirred up old feelings

MSNBC: How Cincinnati learned from riots in 2001

Christian Science Monitor: Cincinnati shooting tests 'blue wall of silence'
 

How Cincinnati nailed the All Star Game


After a solid year of planning and publicity, the 2015 All Star Game has come and gone. What were the main impressions Cincinnati left on the MLB players and officials, the visitors and the media? Will there be any long-term benefits? And what did we residents ultimately get out of the experience?

It'll take months if not years to sort out the benefits, but two things are clear the day after the game: Cincinnati did a masterful job of planning and hosting the All Star Game, and we really lucked out with the weather. Every major outdoor event went off as planned, and even a last-minute replacement headliner for the free concert at Paul Brown Stadium turned lemons into lemonade.

Local organizers were surely dying a thousand deaths during Monday's and Tuesday's storms, but the Cincinnati presented during national TV segments was sunny, balmy and happy.

Here's a roundup of day-after media coverage:

8 ways Cincinnati rocked the All Star Game (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Fans, visitors impressed with Cincinnati's show (WVXU-FM)

All Star players impressed with Cincinnati and events (Local 12)

Cincinnati's All Star festivities a home run for visitors, locals (Business Courier)

9 lessons Cincinnati learned from the All Star Game (WCPO.com)

Alisha Perkins: I was fully prepared to not like Cincinnati, but I kind of fell in love with this place (Huffington Post)

Pete Rose drama plays out on baseball's biggest stage (New York Times)
 

UC's Santa Ono lauded as "true gentleman and scholar" for giving bonus to charity


The Huffington Post gives some national attention to University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono's recent decision to turn down his $200,000 bonus and donate the money to 13 charities as well as to the family of slain Cincinnati Police Office Sonny Kim.

In its Community Kindness section, writer Cameron Keady relays the WCPO story about Ono's actions. He also mentions Ono's recognition by Inside Higher Ed as the nation's "most notable college president" for 2015, saying "he has certainly fulfilled that distinguished title with this selfless act."

Read the full Huffington Post article here.
 

Curtis Sittenfeld on the institution of marriage in New York Times


You can find in-depth coverage of yesterday's historic Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage rights for all Americans at Cincinnati.com, CNN and The New York Times. CityBeat reflects on a "a year of queer" before today's Cincinnati Pride events.

Writer Curtis Sittenfeld, a Cincinnati native and P.G.'s sister, has published an opinion piece in The New York Times reacting to the marriage ruling. It's a personal reflection on the institution of marriage titled "Welcome, Everyone, to the Right to Marry."

"For an institution that has, especially in recent weeks and years, been subject to such extensive and vigorous public debate, marriage is strangely unknowable — that is, any particular marriage is mysterious to anyone outside it," she begins. "Think of a couple in your life or the public eye, gay or straight: When they’re alone together, do you imagine they’re nicer, meaner or exactly the same with each other as when they’re around others? Who attends to which household obligations? If they have young kids, how do they handle child care? How frequently do they fight or have sex? Are they, as individuals, fundamentally glad or regretful that they’re together?"

Sittenfeld concludes: "Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, plenty of gay people won’t get married just because they can, just as plenty of straight people don't. Even so, how wonderful that the option exists for all of us."

Read Curtis Sittenfeld's full New York Times article here.
 

Union Terminal the most beautiful place in Ohio


Food/drink/travel website Thrillist has published a list of the most beautiful places in all 50 states, and their choice for Ohio is Union Terminal, home of the Cincinnati Museum Center. It's one of only two buildings highlighted across the U.S., with most of the beauty spots being parks, lakes, mountains, beaches and other natural wonders.

Calling Union Terminal "the greatest cultural advance Cincinnati has given the world since the Ickey Shuffle," Thrillist likes the combination of multiple museums featuring "large-scale models of the city and replicas of ancient caves that you can actually walk through" and "Gilded Age architecture that denotes an old-school rail station."

Read the full Thrillist story and list here.
 
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