Neighbor to Neighbor’s 145 community meetings sparked grass-roots volunteerism
and community action across the region. Now that the first phase of talk is almost complete, neighbors are planning their next moves. What’s being done and what’s in the works:
Amelia: Hold an ethnic fair at the county fairgrounds.
Anderson Township: Leaders must address poverty, housing and transportation.
Batavia: Understand that everyone in the community belongs and that no single group "has the truth.’’.
Blue Ash: There was disagreement over the extent of racial problems in the suburbs, but participants agreed that racism exists in Blue Ash.
Carthage: Set an annual goal to improve one aspect of community life, then achieve it. Avoid competing, unfocused goals.
Cheviot: Offer diversity classes, first to city employees, then to all citizens.
Cleves: Use Three Rivers Area Ministries to bring diverse groups together through church outings, dinners and pastor exchanges.
Clifton: Leaders must enforce anti-discrimination laws in real estate, employment and law enforcement.
Cold Spring: Take personal responsibility. Study other communities’ success stories and apply that knowledge here.
College Hill: Focus less on downtown development, more on neighborhoods.
College of Mount St. Joseph: Celebrate the differences of other cultures, especially with children.
Columbia Tusculum: Embrace the "Golden Rule.’’ City leaders should spend more time talking with people in the neighborhoods.
Corryville: Involve companies and churches in donating leadership as part of their "payment’’ for obtaining tax breaks.
Covington: Ask Tri-County Economic Development Commission to help find ways to address racial tension.
Deer Park-Silverton: Increase minority recruitment for police and fire departments.
Deerfield Township: Suburbanites should not simply "use’’ the city of Cincinnati, but contribute to downtown development.
Delhi Township: Increase exposure to various cultures; create racially diverse summer camps for kids.
Downtown: Church and business leaders should work more closely on jobs development.
East End: Economic imbalance leads to racial tension.
Erlanger: Religious and social institutions must lead, and others will follow.
Evanston: Neighborhoods do not get equal services from the city; services should be the same for all.
Evendale: Hold a "Diversity Day’’ festival at Evendale Recreation Center. Include Woodlawn and Lincoln Heights in further race discussions.
Fairfield: Enlist the help of Jungle Jim’s Market (which sells foods from a variety of cultures) to organize a multicultural festival.
Fairfield Township: Education should be a top priority. Fairview: Address inequities between Cincinnati and suburban schools. Encourage politicians to send their children to public schools.
Forest Park: Leaders should worry more about listening to people and identifying community problems and less about political futures.
Fort Mitchell: Set measurable goals for improving race relations.
Fort Thomas: Encourage schools to include a multicultural curriculum and to teach tolerance.
Glendale: Adopt a school in the inner city.
Golf Manor: Community leaders should mix with residents hrough cultural events or block parties.
Green Township: Work to change the stereotype that the community is white, isolated, unconcerned.
Greenhills: Join community organizations and learn more about other cultures, religions.
Hamilton: Celebrate diversity; city should help fund multicultural events.
Harrison: Hold gatherings that will attract all ethnicities, especially Hispanics.
Hartwell: It would be better if the city’s 51 neighborhoods could be broken into even smaller units. This would make it easier to draw people together into community gatherings and events.
Hyde Park: Develop a "sister neighborhood’’ program to provide for exchanges on many levels. Develop job apprenticeships.
Indian Hill: Leaders should use alternate forms of media communication, such as public radio, because newspapers and television sometimes give slanted or incomplete stories.
Kennedy Heights: Unify behind a community cause, rather than focus on race.
Lakeside Park: Instill value of racial equality in children.
Latonia: Through church, plan an event to involve people of diverse neighboring communities.
Lawrenceburg: The distance from Cincinnati and lack of diversity here make racial tensions less apparent.
Lebanon: Eliminate the perception that county politics is a "good ol’ boy’’ club with little representation of minorities.
Lincoln Heights: Village Council should ask businesses to be more active in the community.
Lockland: Know your neighbors; improve communication with leaders.
Loveland: Sponsor more multicultural events; institute a "Trade a Day’’ program in which people share each other’s lifestyles.
Madeira: Discussion of our differences should focus on people’s life experiences, because our experiences are vastly different.
Madisonville: Whites, in general, do not perceive that race is a problem in Cincinnati.
Mariemont: Meet with Realtors to discuss how to help make Mariemont more racially diverse.
Mason: Open all doors to everyone to achieve racial harmony and prosperity.
Miami Township, Clermont County: Local leaders should meet more often with police departments to be clear on community expectations.
Middletown: The media should focus on positive examples of people working to support each other and solve problems.
Milford: Work with young people, make sure everyone has the skills they need to succeed. Leaders should capitalize on the strengths of different cultures.
Monroe: Talk - parents to children, and among citizens at regular community forums - will improve understanding.
Montgomery: Education is top priority: mentoring programs, school funding, adequate buildings are important issues.
Mount Adams: Promote programs that encourage leadership development among African-Americans.
Mount Airy: Create service-based projects for youth to involve them in society and teach responsibility.
Mount Auburn: Develop a community report card to measure progress on various fronts in neighborhoods.
Mount Healthy: The Mount Healthy Community Coalition seeks support for youth mentoring and forums.
Mount Washington: Volunteer at inner-city schools. Religious leaders should capitalize on their respect and leadership to promote interracial experiences.
Newport: Student group wanted leaders to stop the name-calling and bickering and get to know one another.
Newtown: Develop trade schools that tap children’s talents, without treating their goals as inferior.
North Avondale: This is a racially diverse community, but there needs to be more social interaction.
North College Hill: Participate in church-based activities involving different ethnic groups, such as a choir exchange or shared services once a month.
North Fairmount: Leaders should listen and keep their promises. Better bus service would improve economic opportunities.
Northern Kentucky University: Teachers, parents must emphasize importance of diversity.
Northside: Hold an annual "Peace Festival’’ to attract various groups and give an award to someone who has led diversity efforts.
Norwood: Reach out to children who don’t get proper values from their parents through mentoring, improving self-esteem, opening churches on Saturdays for kids.
Oakley: Require city employees to live in Cincinnati; offer incentives for police to live in the neighborhoods they serve.
Over-the-Rhine: Provide tutors and mentors early in education. Cut red tape to allow citizens to improve the neighborhood.
Oxford: The group disagreed about using English as the only official U.S. language.
Pierce Township: Leaders should promote more festivals, multicultural dialogues and other events.
Pleasant Ridge: Work toward equalizing the school system. Form a book club to discuss books related to racism.
Price Hill: City leaders and supervisors should do community service in lower-income neighborhoods.
Reading: The Valley Youth Organization, and Lockland’s schools, recreation director and mayor will be asked to start programs promoting interracial events.
Riverside: Cincinnati mayor should stand for a set of principles, take action based on these principles and don’t back down for an "easy fix.’’
Roselawn: Mentor, support parents, create after-school programs and support Cincinnati Recreation Commission programs.
St. Bernard: The city should form a "sister city’’ relationship with a community with different demographics.
Sayler Park: Create a stronger bond between Cincinnati police and the neighborhoods they patrol.
Sedamsville: Set up a forum on youth race issues.
Sharonville: Low-income housing should be spread across the region. Improve public transportation.
South Cumminsville: Potluck dinners can bring people of different backgrounds together; food establishes a "comfort zone’’ and leads to deeper understanding.
Springfield Township: Mixing and learning about each other will help dissolve the "fear factor.’’ Invest in minority-owned businesses.
Symmes Township: Participants at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy were interested in donating a library to a school that has none.
Thomas More College: Black college students should visit inner-city schools to share their experiences and successes.
Union Township, Clermont County: Fight for literacy for all. Make sure there are books about people of other cultures.
University Heights: Leaders should try to lure more people to live downtown and in diverse neighborhoods.
University of Cincinnati: Leaders should put teeth into anti-discrimination laws.
Villa Hills: Churches and clergy should get involved in changing attitudes and making people of different races and cultures feel welcome.
Walnut Hills: More economic investment is needed. Enforce laws to get properties cleaned up. Provide a community center for youth.
West Chester Township: Get corporations involved in solving racial issues.
West End: More contact is needed among people of different races to promote understanding, break down barriers.
Westwood: Reach out to others in the community. Make more low-cost housing available with low-interest loans and tax abatements. Stop building stadiums and build communities instead.
Wyoming: Encourage events that bring different kinds of people together, in both social and religious settings.
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