A Journey of a Thousand Air Miles

If we at Cincy are going to criticize CVG officials because fares here are among the highest in the country, we should also have the decency to compliment them when they achieve a change for the better.

And that’s just what they’ve done. We’re told airport leaders played a vital role in persuading Delta to lower fares on most domestic flights. If a journey of a thousand air miles begins with the first step, then airport officials have every right to be excited. As chairman H. Lawson Walker II remarks, “We are thrilled Delta Airlines is acting on the concerns of business, community and airport leaders.”

It’s hard to believe in today’s economy that an airline would have to be convinced that lowering fares might increase business. But if it is the goal of CVG to be a more competitive airport, perhaps a first step like this is more important than it looks.


Taft Center a Sign of Progress
The opening of The Taft Center meeting facility is terrific news for downtown on a number of levels.

For one, it’s yet another sign of resurgence on Fountain Square. The state-of-the-art center is located on the second floor of the Westin Hotel, offering a front-row seat of the Genius of Water sculpture (the fountain lady).

For another, it shows that the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister is willing to invest in building the dramatic 7,000-square-foot center, which will be used by the firm’s attorneys for client meetings and select nonprofit events.

As Edward Diller, Taft’s partner-in-charge who personally escorted Cincy staffers on a guided tour, puts it: “We want this space to be connected to the community. ... It’s about the coolest space in the city.” After seeing this cutting-edge space, we’ll second that.

Winter of Our Discontent
You wouldn’t think we’d be writing about snowfall in our April issue, but it’s not too soon to start discussing (and planning for) the next long, long winter.
The snows of the last winter season are still fresh in our minds. As is the limpwristed response of local government to what is, after all, one of its primary responsibilities: Snow removal.
Icy roads and congested highways cost Tristate industry a fair penny this past winter season. Employees called in sick, citing impassable roadways or schoolchildren stuck at home because of noshow buses. Truck delivery traffic ground to a halt. Yet towns and counties appeared impotent, whining about the high price of road salt and lack of salt reserves. (The City of Cincinnati, for example, ground through its 43 million pounds of salt early on.) Some communities were left spreading beet juice — geez, beet juice — on the streets in an attempt to melt the ice.
OK, we’ll hear the sermon just once about all the salts of our enemies. After that, we expect planning for the winter of 2009-2010. Look around the nation. Some communities, such as Omaha, Neb., have launched major fact-finding commissions and impact studies.
If it takes a major budget discussion, or even some kind of auto tax, to make the interstates passable in 2010, the citizen debate must begin now.