What a great story about Northside, one man's passion and the idea that Northside can be saved ("Leaping into Buildings in a Single Bound," issue of Jan. 4). Thanks for bringing Brian Mueller to the attention of all Greater Cincinnatians.
— Peg Haustetter, Cincinnati
Naked on the Square
The rehab of Fountain Square is a mistake from the start ("Tying the Not in '06," issue of Jan. 4). Fountain Square will be changed from a spectacular multiuse public commons to just another retail space. It will go from a distinctive public attraction for downtown to simply another mall, one of thousands.
To add to this, the money used to take Fountain Square is taken from other public sources. Then there is 3CDC, a private development corporation, when we already have a public development corporation in Cincinnati through which we the citizens would have input into how our city is developed.
This taking of Fountain Square is a taking of our right to free speech, something you might be concerned about. Remember, the emperor has no clothes.
— Mark J. Burwinkel, Northside
Dedicated Residents in Price Hill
Thank you for your recent article on Price Hill and Price Hill Will's community-building efforts in the area ("Price Hill's Will", issue of Jan. 4). Your readers might be interested in knowing about Price Hill's Enright Ridge off West Eighth Street, where many exciting community efforts are taking place.
Members of our neighborhood are organizing to purchased repossessed houses on the street and rehab them in an environmentally sensitive way. We have a committee working to help neighbors find ways to make their houses more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable.
Residents organized a luminary and caroling activity in December to bring neighbors together. Potlucks are held, kids play in the street and people walk their dogs together.
Enright Ridge has successfully created a fabulous neighborhood with the work of dedicated residents right in the heart of Price Hill.
— Beth O'Hara, Price Hill