Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Simpson the Only Candidate to Mention Delivery in Regard to the Discussion of Food Deserts

The Cincinnati Business Courier interviewed the 3 mayoral candidates about Cincinnati food deserts. Cranley rambled on like he was drunk & NOBODY mentioned the grocery food delivery options. Meijer & Kroger have contracted with 3rd parties & Amazon has limited grocery products.
When pressed on this, Chris Wetterich said that Simpson actually did, but it had been edited out.
There are some neighborhoods that are looking at grocery delivery as an option as well. I think that works for some people. The grocery store is not just a place where people get food. It’s a place where people gather and the option of being able to go in and pick your own groceries … is so important that I don’t know that grocery delivery is going to work completely.
I doubt Simpson is old enough to remember grocery & milk delivery, but relationships did evolve with families & delivery people back in the day.
The bigger issue is wether these stores will accept EBT payments. Amazon has stated that requires gummint approval, so the 3rd party delivery services might have problems.
Anyway, Simpson seems to be the only one who has any idea what is going on on the issue.
Simpson for mayor !

Monday, April 17, 2017

John Cranley's Misguided Priories

In mini-Trump's recent campaign ad, he maligns Yvette Simpson for her priorities and citing his attempt at a police state is the way to go.
Unfortunately, history is not on Cranley's side.
Back in the early 70s Kansas City, MO engaged in The Preventive Patrol Experiment where they found increasing or decreasing the police presence in neighborhoods had no real effect in preventing crime.
Nevertheless, he has added more city employees & circumvented the City Manager to give the employees raises in the face of a looming budget shortfall.
Simpson, OTOH, wants to invest in the city in an effort to create jobs & opportunity thru infrastructure investment that will also help repopulate currently desolate places where crime can easily take root.
More responsible, educated citizenry with good paying job is the answer to crime prevention, not throwing away money on men in uniform driving around in tricked out gas guzzling Batmobiles.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Is Keli Prather Insane ?

Or crazy like a fox?
Political newcomer, Keli Prather, is either batshit crazy or is using the anti media strategy that DJ Trump successfully used to win the presidency. Not that he's not batshit crazy or anything...
Her campaign appears to be a social media based campaign where she has accused a Cincinnati Enquirer editor of assaulting her.
A common occurrence with Cincinnati Enquirer editors - who hasn't received a beat down from one or two?
Then, after her campaign was covered at Cincinnati.com, she fired off this post on their Politics FB group with the hashtag, "Fuck the racist ass Cincinnati Enquirer", because she didn't like the photo they used.
This chick is showing the cool, calm rationality we need in government for sure. Maybe she will strt Tweeting about fake news.
But, hey, it worked for the POTUS, so maybe people will buy in with the angry, media victimized woman thing.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Are Food Deserts an Issue?

In the latest Cincinnati mayoral debate the issue of food deserts came up.
But as more and more delivery options come online, do the old desert definitions still apply?
Meijer has announced they will be delivering most grocery items (no hooch, prescriptions, etc.) and Amazon already has a limited supply of groceries (and hooch) with Prime Now. Will Kroger be far behind? They already have pick up for online ordering.
Some convenience stores have ordering set up with 3rd parties somewhat similarly to 3rd party delivery for restaurants.
People complain that not all people have internet access but, as long as we can maintain our library system, that can be their contact line.
So, will the co ops like Clifton Market & Apple Street Market succeed?
Will the big guys rule supreme with low paid drivers?


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Denison Hotel

After a long battle between parking lot developers & preservationists, the Dennison Hotel, at 716 Main Street, Cincinnati Ohio has begun to be demolished.
The owners have stated they intend to build a new building on the site that will host an unnamed Fortune 500 company. This is what they said about another building around the corner they demolished that now sits as a surface parking lot. That was 30 years ago.
Levelling the Dennison Hotel will bring us a bit closer to making an entire city block of prime real estate a parking lot.
During the depression, building owners in CBDs frequently found themselves with vacant buildings because their tenants had all gone out of business. The building owners would demolish the buildings and, with the rise of automobile ownership, the owners utilized their vacant lots as surface parking lots. This generated enough money to cover their real estate taxes. Pretty much nobody alive today remembers that CBDs used to be solid buildings and that there were no big gaps of parking lots.
It's a poor investment & essentially blights the CBD.
Will the city have wait another 30 years for the owners of this block, legally represented by the chair of the Hamilton County Democratic party, to keep their word or just assume they are lying and the strategy is to somehow support automobile sales in an area chock full of public transit.
Valentine's Day, February 14, 2017.
What will be the status of this block 2/14/2047?

More on the history of the building at Abandoned