A Blueprint for Change
It is impossible to create positive and lasting change without addressing the ongoing legacy of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and classism that exists in Cincinnati.
Minorities, low-income workers, and other marginalized groups are the people most burdened by the existing system. They disproportionately suffer from a lack of access to jobs, housing, and city services, increased exposure to pollution, targeting by police, and a callous indifference in planning decisions. These problems demand action.
For a fair and just city, Cincinnati should establish community control of the police, reinvest in neglected communities, enact rent stabilization and a renters’ bill of rights, and ensure protections for minority groups and workers are properly enforced.
Saving the planet, and ourselves, does not need to be an act of sacrifice and denial. Many actions that lessen our burden on the planet also serve to enliven and enrich our communities.
Being a city benefits us in many ways, as increased density lowers emissions, but industrialization has left behind many toxic scars.
For a rich and sustainable future, Cincinnati should establish an electric utility to build a renewable energy infrastructure, build an efficient public transit system, encourage urban agriculture, remediate contaminated areas, and use shade and reflectivity to fight the urban heat island effect.
The key to giving a city a feeling of vibrancy is building connections, both physical and social. We need to make it safe and easy for people to move through the city and enjoy an active street life.
Dense, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods connected by transit and cycle infrastructure provide the physical basis for strong communities. Empowered neighborhood associations, able to provide services and coordination within their communities, build social connections.
For a bustling and accessible city, Cincinnati should redesign streets with pedestrian safety prioritized, promote zoning that increases neighborhood walkability, build new public markets in food desert areas, and help establish neighborhood development cooperatives.
Democracy does not end at the voting booth. We need to build a system that actively includes all citizens. When more voices are heard in the halls of power, the decisions made are better and less likely to ignore the needs of disadvantaged groups.
Giving people the opportunity to come together and deliberate on important decisions that have a direct impact on their lives creates an empowered and empathetic citizenry.
For a more equitable and engaged city, Cincinnati should establish a participatory budgeting system, expand decision-making power in neighborhoods, support worker cooperatives, and implement a workers’ self-management structure in city departments.
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