Last week I went to an event supporting Sayler Park Sustains, an organization geared toward educating and empowering its festival-goers to bring DIY sustainable practices into their daily lives. I was taken aback by the dedication that this organization and its followers puts forward in inspiring others to live more eco-friendly. I came to see the bands performing, but left with a newfound respect for the organization as a whole.
I bring this up because I’d argue that many Cincinnati natives rarely drive past Sayler Park. Tucked away around the bend of the Ohio River to the West of downtown, it’s the furthest expanse of the city on its Western side. In fact, unless you live in some of Cincinnati’s other neighborhoods, such as Mt. Washington, California, and Carthage, you’ve probably rarely passed them. Yet they’re all still housed within the confines of our beloved city.
Unfortunately, when you look at recent actions taken by City Council and the City Manager in creating the budget and allocating funds, it would seem that many of them don’t seem to frequently visit the neighborhoods that most people drive around either. A quick look at the city’s budget shows the full tale. Go ahead, hit “CTRL + F” when viewing the budget and see how often the neighborhoods of Sayler Park, Mt. Washington, and California are brought up.
Yep, that’s right… none. Despite the fact that these neighborhoods account for around 4% of the entire population of the city, they get a combined 0% of the budget to allocate to beautification and development. On top of this, city council voted to approve a streetcar that benefits two neighborhoods while brushing off the METRO system that services all of the neighborhoods as it faces an upcoming budget crisis.
This isn’t rare, though. It often seems that the budget caters to only a couple of Cincinnati’s neighborhoods while leaving the rest out in the cold. In fairness, a lot of people moving into our city don’t want to live downtown, and would rather reside in the city’s suburbs. Our budget should reflect that we care just as much for neighborhoods on the edge of our city as well as those up-and-coming at the city’s core. I promise to be fair in considering allocation for resources so that ALL of our city’s neighborhoods get the attention they deserve.
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