Friday, September 06, 2002

Suburban issues get airing

By Jennifer Edwards,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Traffic gridlock, sprawl and increased media coverage on why people move to the suburbs were among the key issues residents outlined Thursday at a special township hall meeting that drew about 50 people.

Great Neighborhoods spotlights West Chester
        “I am wary of the characterization of suburbanites living in ivory towers,” said Melissa Koehler, a West Chester resident and executive director of the West Chester Community Improvement Corp. “That's unfair. We are much more than that.”

        Ms. Koehler said many people are attracted to areas such as West Chester and Mason for their proximity to Dayton and Cincinnati, good school districts and affordable housing.

        “We didn't come here fleeing,” Ms. Koelhler said. “We came here for opportunity.”

        The meeting was held in conjunction with the launch of the Enquirer's Great Neighborhoods series.

        Enquirer editors, columnists, reporters and publisher Harry M. Whipple attended.

        Butler County Commissioner Mike Fox discussed the importance of a new eastward interchange off the Michael A. Fox Highway at Interstate 75 in Liberty Township. Some residents requested more coverage on West Chester's arts, senior citizen activities and volunteers.


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