With the political backdrop of the Central Parkway bike lane raging at 801 Plum St, Saturday some supports gathered to ride what will be (hopefully) the protected bike path.
Our tone-deaf and relentlessly ill-equipped "Accidental Tourist" of a mayor keeps trying to paint this as a urban core vs the "neighborhoods" issue but its not. Downtown Cincinnati is not competing with Price Hill for residents. Downtown Cincinnati is competing with downtown Chicago and downtown Indy and Columbus. Walking or biking to a 5/3rd job is a far different experience from 7th St than it is Glenway Ave.
Which brings us to the Central Parkway bikeway and the mayors "bull in a China shop" method of politics and David Mann's "compromise". Randy Simes of UrbanCincy put it best,
"...the group pushing for a modern 21st century city also seems to be the only one of the two(groups) who understands how the democratic process and civic engagement works, and is actively participating in shaping the city's future.
If the other side wants to get more involved, they should definitely do so. Rigorous debates are healthy, but they should be conducted in a public manner that is equal to both sides. I don't understand why David Mann felt the need to undermine that process when the supporters played by the rules.
What is the message David Mann is sending to all those people who participated in the public process when he undermines the product that came from that process?
David Mann has skillfully painted his own party members into a corner on this issue. I don't know what that deserves, but I suspect he feels proud of his crafty political maneuvers. The reality, however, is that this was not a "compromise" as he and he alone defined, but rather is pandering of the lowest variety.
No one should feel good about this "compromise". We should feel disgusted about the way in which business in now being conducted at City Hall."