A pretty picture of Cincinnati in the news accompanying not-so-pretty facts:
Last year, Environmental Data Resources ranked America’s most toxic cities, defined by the amount of man-made chemical in each area’s soil.
Contaminated Sites: 22,992
Leaking storage tanks: 1,719
Corrective action reports: 44
Posted in Cincinnati, Economics, Ohio, Politics, science
Tagged chemical soil, Cincinnati, contaminated sites, corrective action reports, Environmental Data Resources, leaking storage tanks, toxic cities
A new effort to cast Cincinnati in a positive light, Soapbox Media, has an opening blog post that lauds Charlotte.
For whatever reason, Charlotte is red hot. Everyone’s talking about Charlotte. Charlotte’s buzz has enabled them to sustain rapid growth, largely from a massive influx of young talent. Charlotte’s buzz has allowed them to overcome a location not in the mountains or near the ocean.
Red hot? Compared, maybe to Detroit, which Forbes lists as the number one most miserable place to live. Charlotte is ninth. Charlotte is the ninth most miserable place to live.
Charlotte has undergone tremendous economic growth the past decade, while the population has soared 32%. But the current picture isn’t as bright. Employment growth has not kept up with population growth, meaning unemployment rates are up more than 50% compared with 10 years ago. Charlotte scored in the bottom half of all six categories we examined. It scored the worst on violent crime, ranking 140th.
(Then there’s anecdote. I know of three creative professionals/people who moved from Charlotte within a one-year period. They didn’t move to Cincinnati or elsewhere in the Rust Belt.)
Posted in Cincinnati, Economics
Tagged Charlotte, Cincinnati, creative professionals, crime, Detroit, Forbes, lifestyle, Most miserable places to live, quality of living, Rust Belt, Soapbox Media, unemployment
The Free Inquiry Group of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Inc. (FIG) is pleased to announce that the Honorable Mark Mallory, Mayor of the City of Cincinnati, has proclaimed February 12, 2008 as “DARWIN DAY.” You can read the press release and actual proclamation on Edwin Kagin’s blog.
John Welte, Sr., President of FIG, who had requested the Proclamation, said he was very gratified to see the City of Cincinnati continue its historic support of science, reason, and free inquiry. “This is particularly important in light of the fact that there are constant attacks on the evidence of evolution by the ‘Creation Museum’ here in our area, by educators who want to allow the religious viewpoint called ‘Creationism’ to be taught in our schools, and even by candidates for the Presidency of the United States. Evolution has been clearly established as one of the most robust of scientific facts,” Welte said.
Posted in Being human, Cincinnati, Living, science
Tagged Cincinnati, City of Cincinnati proclamation, Darwin Day, Edwin Kagin, FIG, free inquiry, Mark Mallory, science
Recently, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory released his GO Cincinnati “Growth and Opportunities” Project report “outlining recommendations for a strategic approach for economic development.” According to the City website:
the GO Cincinnati Steering Committee and Project Teams – more than 200 community and business leaders – presented 14 recommendations to help the city reposition its assets to attract businesses, employees and residents.
I wonder who the community and business leaders were? For, also recently published is the voluntary association of scholars, activists, and community residents, Cincinnati Studies’, “Who Rules Cincinnati?” which
argues that seven corporations have dominated the City of Cincinnati’s economy, society, and politics, leading to “distorted development” and “grotesque contrasts between rich and poor” with “a particularly damaging impact on the African American population.”
The study, a compendium of information on Cincinnati-based corporations, their revenues, profits, the salaries of their officers, and their political contributions, also describes the role of corporate coalitions such as Cincinnati Business Committee (CBC), Downtown Cincinnati Incorporated (DCI), and Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC).
The findings of the study as summarized are fascinating. Both reports are available at their respective websites and should prove interesting reading in conjunction with each other.
So there is today finally a bit of sun redeeming Cincinnati, almost enough to make one forget about all the particulates in the air while one is outside. Almost, not quite. It’s a terrible irony that here, while one attempts to do what was once considered the healthy thing to do — get outdoors, in the sunshine , get active, take in the “fresh” air — one is actually taking in the elements of death. If you’re so inclined, you can get a good look at what this “sunny” deadly day looks like here via the Cincinnati Pollution Air Web Cam, which also gives readings of fine air particulates (ranging just inside the high zone at the moment).
Ohio Public Interest Group:
• Cincinnati ranks 2nd statewide and 11th nationwide for the worst chronic fine particle pollution among large metro areas in 2004. Fine particle pollution was high year-round in Cincinnati and exceeded EPA’s standard for what is safe to breathe over the long-term (the annual standard).
• Ohio ranks 5th nationwide for chronic soot pollution.
In 2005, the Bush administration’s science advisors and EPA staff scientists concluded that the current health standards for fine particle pollution are too weak to fully protect the public. They recommended that the administration make the standards more protective, which would require power plants and other polluters to clean up. The Bush administration rejected these recommendations and instead proposed a very minor change to the health standards. It is unprecedented for an administration to disregard the recommendations of the independent Clean Air Science Advisory Committee.
“The American Lung Association strongly believes that the Bush administration should listen to its advisors and strengthen fine particle pollution standards. Current standards do not do enough to protect the public from the serious health dangers associated with this form of pollution,” stated Joel Kaplan, Executive Director, American Lung Association, SW Ohio.
EPA’s own risk assessment shows that the current annual fine particle standard of 15 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) and 24-hour standard of 65 µg/m3 protect only 56 million people. The administration’s proposal would maintain the annual standard at 15 µg/m3 and only slightly lower the daily standard to 35 µg/m3.
Posted in Cincinnati, Health, Living
Tagged air particulates, American Lung Association, Cincinnati, Cincinnati air pollution, Cincinnati Pollution Air Web Cam, EPA standards, Midwest Haze Web Cam, particulates, pollution