In March of 2014 I naively wandered into a public hearing in the City of Cincinnati Planning and Development Department. It took me about 5 minutes to realize how dumb I was about how we make big real estate decisions in this city. Tax Increment Financing Districts, 3CDC, Planning Commission, Hamilton County Auditor’s property valuations, tax abatement of the 8, 10, 12 and 30 year varieties, Historic Conservation Board, Urban Design Board, Port Authority, and now REDI (new regional development board) – and that’s just part of the picture. There are lots of people who have impressive expertise in their part of the puzzle. Almost nobody understands the big picture and the long-term consequences of these very expensive bets we are making on the future of Cincinnati.
I’ve spent at least 3 or 4 hours everyday studying this issue in order to be a better informed citizen. Cincyopolis was started to share what I’ve learned.