Holidays on Ludlow was the evening of Dec 5th. During this year’s annual event in the Clifton Business District, a Pop-Up event was held. Several window vignettes were revealed around the event theme – fairytale. Clifton is grateful that Pop-Up held their holidays related event in our business district. Please enjoy this linked video on Facebook care of Alissa Stachowski who participated in the unveiling parade on Dec 5th. You don’t have to be on “Facebook” to see the video. Just click the word “Post” below, and then click the triangle shape inside the circle on the that appears in the middle of the image. The video will take a couple of minutes to load — please blame Facebook, not us!
CTM Trustee elections were held on Dec. 1, 2014. Michael Moran, Rama Kasturi, Shaun McCance, and Nicholas Hollan were elected to 3-year Trustee positions beginning Jan 1, 2015. As there were 5 Trustee positions coming available in 2015, the Board voted to approve Mike Schur filling the vacancy for one year as per the By-laws. The CTM Board thanks all candidates who ran in this election and all members who voted.
On November 10, 2014, various people from Clifton got together to have a second round of discussions on the Ludlow 21 report. The discussion resulted in several initiatives coming to the forefront for further detailed discussion. Some attendees agreed to join into those detailed discussions.
The notes from the meeting can be found at this Link to Notes from Wall Ludlow 21.
The Ludlow 21 Working Group is made up of members of the community including CPBA, CTM Trustees, and Uptown Consortium. You can click on Ludlow 21 Report to read the report. Community feedback is welcomed. Please send it to CTM and put Ludlow 21 Feedback in the subject line.
The next public discussion on the efforts coming from the Ludlow 21 report will be on Monday, January 19, 2015, 6‐8pm at Public Services Dept. Second Floor Conference Room, 1115 Bates Avenue off Central Parkway, just north of the new MLK overpass.
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On the morning of Sat, Nov 22, it looked a little bleary and rainy. It was cold as well. This did not appear to be a great morning for getting outside for a few hours to work. Thankfully, several gracious volunteers in the neighborhood showed up at 9am at the Clifton Plaza with ladders, gloves, […]
CTM Trustee elections will be held on Dec 1, 2014 from 6-7pm prior to the monthly CTM meeting in the same day. Elections will be held at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) on the 2nd floor. Current membership is required to vote, and memberships can be paid current on election day prior to voting. There are five 3-year Trustee positions open for election for terms beginning in 2014. There are five candidates vying for these positions. Candidate bios are noted below. Election results will be announced at the CTM meeting on Dec 1.
Clifton Town Meeting Trustee Candidates for 2014 Election
Nicholas is a graduate of the United Way’s Board Orientation & Leadership Development program and used that training to serve on the boards of United Cerebral Palsy, The Westwood Civic Association and Invest in Neighborhoods.
Nicholas was a candidate for Cincinnati City Council in 2009 and 2011 where he was endorsed by many organizations including the Cincinnati Enquirer and City Beat. In 2010 Nicholas was recognized in the annual “Best of” edition by City Beat as “The Best sign of intelligent life on the West Side”.
In 2010, Nicholas took out an SBA Loan and opened his own business in Roselawn. The Valley Dental Management Service employs 13 healthcare professionals and works closely with local Doctors and Surgeons to provide quality dental care to low income patients.
After the premature birth of his son in 2011, Nicholas chaired the Family Team committee for the March of Dimes in 2013 and 2014. Nicholas, Meghan and Preston were delighted to have purchased the Charles B. Russell House in 2012 and look forward to calling the Gaslight home for many more years.
He will bring to Clifton Town Meeting a wealth of ideas married to practical experience with campaigns, public communication, fundraising, social media, and community development that can benefit the Clifton community. He also brings to CTM an understanding and relationships with key city of Cincinnati leaders at City Hall, in the City Administration, and throughout Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods from his work running the Vice Mayor’s office. Among his prior involvement with CTM and the Clifton Community is helping to organize the 2014 CTM golf outing, which raised a significant amount of money for the CCAC and working on a number of issues at City Hall of interest to CTM, such as the Woolper bike lane project, the Probasco Fountain, and the work on the future of Ludlow.
John has had the great privilege to travel to more than 60 countries and 46 US states. He lives on Belsaw Place with his wife Kate, a senior executive with the Clinton Foundation, and his daughter Josephine. Their family is expanding in early 2015 and plan to put down roots in the neighborhood, raise their kids, and be there for years to come.
My name is Rama Kasturi and I am seeking your support in my bid to serve as a Trustee of the Clifton Town Meeting. Many of you know me from walking in and around Clifton and Burnet Woods with my dogs for the last eighteen years, being a parent at Fairview-Clifton German Language School, or working at the University of Cincinnati.
My husband, Erik Nelson, and I have lived in Clifton with our twin children for the past 15 years when we moved from our condo on Jefferson Avenue just on the other side of Clifton! We love the historic gaslight district and its astounding diversity and neighborly atmosphere. The proximity to several beautiful urban parks, a charming movie theatre, ethnic restaurants, diverse businesses, and a walkable grocery store all made Clifton the hands-down choice for my own home away from home.
A Biophysical Chemist by training, I have worked at P&G and at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, where I taught Medical Pharmacology until last August. I am currently retired from professional life and I am actively engaged in doing as much good as I can.
With this in mind, I have decided to follow through on my desire to give back in some way to the community that my family and I so enjoy by seeking election as a Trustee of CTM.
I am specifically interested in the following:
1. Helping make the Clifton Cooperative Market a reality-every neighborhood needs a grocery store! I am an advisor to the board of the Clifton Market and serve on the Capital Campaign Committee.
2. Helping to making our business district and neighborhood more “green”: I have already been designated “Recycler-In-Chief” for CliftonFest 2015 (!). I will work to ensure that our businesses are greener and have volunteered to create community recycling opportunities at the Clifton Cooperative Market.
3. Ensure that the diversity of Clifton is showcased and celebrated: e.g., I would like to see flags on Ludlow representing the numerous countries whose citizens now call Clifton home! Where else in Cincinnati can you live and experience the diversity of Clifton?
If elected, I will do my best to do as much good as possible for Clifton over the next three years.
I work as a programmer, technical writer, and community liaison for a major open source software company. I served two terms on the board of directors for a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to open source and digital freedoms. I spend my days working with volunteer communities to foster open source, promote open data, and protect people’s freedoms and privacy online.
For the last year, I’ve been involved with Clifton Market, the community-owned effort to bring a grocery store back to our neighborhood. I serve as the treasurer and general records keeper, and I handle much of the technology and design work. It’s been a rewarding experience that has given me the opportunity to get to know a lot of my neighbors.
I’m a firm believer in the power of open communities. I’ve seen time and time again what people can accomplish when they’re informed and engaged. As a CTM trustee, I’d like to explore ways to continue to increase community engagement, encourage open discussion among neighbors, and better promote Clifton online.
Uptown Consortium, the Clifton Business & Professional Association, Clifton 20/20, and Clifton Town Meeting held a Community Form on October 16 evening to allow Kathleen Norris of Urban Fast Forward (UFF), present her year-long study of the Ludlow Avenue Business District. Ludlow 21: Maintaining Business Vitality In A Changing Urban Environment brings UFF’s analysis, observations, and focus studies into a concise report. The audience and Ms. Norris discussed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to our business district. To read or download Ludlow 21 please click Ludlow 21 report.
We are now seeking feedback from the community on this report as we continue to move forward with working out how to implement some of the recommendation. Send your thoughts, comments, suggestions, meanderings, noodles, questions, etc. by email to CTM. Please put “Ludlow 21 Feedback” in your email subject line so that we can more easily process the email.
There will be more opportunities in the future for additional discussions in the community.
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CliftonFest was the weekend of Sept 26-28, 2014. Many people came to enjoy the festivities, artists, and musicians. With this posting are some of the wonderful chart art works that were created during the weekend. . We do not have pictures of all the works. If you have one, please email it to email@example.com and […]
The twenty-four large flower pots on Ludlow have been an amazing success. If you are enjoying all of the life and color that they bring to the business district, please take the time to thank the organizations, businesses, families, and individuals who made them possible. They were sponsored by the following: Evanswood Place, Nanda, THE LUDLOW WINE AND SUPPER CLUB, Live at Ludlow Garage (two pots), The Rich Family, The Hammons Family, The Garden Club of Clifton (two pots), Jan and Gerald Checco, Buddy Goose and Mary Rita Dominic, Gaslight Property, Gaslight Bed & Breakfast, Dennis Turner of DT Properties, Larry Johnson, Tom Ridgeway and Donald Imwalle, Skyline Chili (three pots), Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) (three pots), and Clifton Business and Professionals Association (CBPA) (three pots).
This financial support made it so CTM and CBPA could save some of their beautification budgets for other projects. The flower pot project was planned by CBPA’s Scott Crawford and the pots were installed by he and CTM Beautification Committee members. The pots are a partnership with Cincinnati Parks. For the low cost of $200 a piece, the parks plant them for three seasons, water them twice weekly, and replace dead plants. This solves the most difficult problem with plantings on Ludlow—how to water them. CTM is hopeful that this program will continue to have city support and keep our neighborhood business district looking beautiful into the future.
—Adam Balz, CTM Beautification Committee Chair
The following resolution was sent by email on August 11, 2014:
Mayor Cranley, Interim City Manager Scott Stiles, and members of Cincinnati City Council;
In recent months, there has been increased interest and debate regarding bicycling infrastructure in Cincinnati, including the Central Parkway Bike Lanes, the Bikeshare program, and the expansion of dedicated bike trails. Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) believes it is important for the City of Cincinnati to understand our position regarding bicycling infrastructure. At our July 14th meeting, the Board of CTM unanimously passed the following resolution:
Clifton Town Meeting desires to make Clifton into a premiere bicycling community within greater Cincinnati in order to improve the vibrancy, safety and overall health of visitors and residents. To do so requires continued investment in on-street infrastructure such as as the Central Parkway protected bikeway, bike lanes, sharrows, and bicycle related signage. These features add tremendous value for local businesses and help make our communities more livable and attractive to active individuals and families. Our neighborhood supports the initiative to promote more on-street bicycle infrastructure that connects Clifton to other neighborhoods in Cincinnati. Residents of Clifton use bicycles on established roadways in order to commute to work, school, and shop. We need and endorse the full usage of roads for cyclists for a full and productive lifestyle, not just recreational riding on off-road trails.
– Ben Pantoja, President, Clifton Town Meeting
The City of Cincinnati is in the process of revising the Land Development Code for the entire City. This process will allow for several rounds of public comment and revisions before completion. CTM’s Housing & Zoning Committee will be reviewing the changes and making comments. Please email Committee chair, Adam Hyland, if you would like to be part of the review process. (Hylandae@gmail.com)
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The 2nd Annual Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) Golf Outing held on Saturday, August 16th was a huge success! 73 golfers participated in the event that raised over $7,000 for the benefit of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC). The golf outing also honored David Mann as the 2014 Friend of Clifton. CTM thanks the following […]
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We will be putting various photos of the progress of the Probasco Fountain Restoration & Relocation project into this news posting. They will also appear on our Facebook page. Update on construction from early October: The granite has been cleaned. The bronze has been cleaned and is ready for patination during October. The bell jet […]