Another Endorsement Received

Westwood Historical Society has notified the Westwood Coalition of its endorsement of the recommendations of the Coalition.  This support means that all four organizations represented by the Coalition have given the nod to the recommendation to apply the form-based code to the historic business district and to continue to develop plans for the revitalization of the same area.  The Coalition meets this week and will notify city officials and Westwood residents of its next steps and community meetings.  Thanks for your comments and suggestions.

Presentation from the July 27 Community Meeting

On July 27, 2013, a community meeting attracted over 150 Westwood residents for a presentation and discussion about Westwood’s historic business district.  The presentation, by Cameron Ross, senior planner, City of Cincinnati’s Planning Department, gave an overview of Cincinnati’s form-based code and its design and economic principles, a look at the community-driven design process thus far, and considerations for the business district.  You are welcome to view the presentation here and post your comments and questions.  We’ll post a summary separately of the data collected at that meeting and from surveys we posted online and at the library.

A Focus on the Form-Based Code, Aug 22

As promised, the next Coalition community meeting will be focused on Cincinnati’s form-based code and its potential application in Westwood’s historic business district.  We’ll talk details and use examples.  Your experience will be improved by dipping your toes into the code and related materials beforehand but it’s not required.  We will also report briefly on the findings from the surveys that area residents submitted at the July 27 meeting (and online and at the library).

Westwood and the Form-Based Code
August 22, 2013
7:00-9:00 pm
Westwood First Presbyterian Church, 3011 Harrison Avenue

See our reading list and FAQ tabs for more information.  And even if you can’t come to the meeting, you are welcome to comment here.  Please encourage your Westwood friends and neighbors to attend.

The Schedule for our July 27 Community Meeting

Here’s the basic itinerary for the community meeting that the Westwood Coalition is hosting on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 9 am – 12 noon at Westwood United Methodist Church:

First, and importantly, we will have water and coffee.  Feel free to bring a snack if you’ll need sustenance besides our dialogue.

Second, yes, it really is three hours long.  Can’t stay that long?  Come for a while.  We will get the most out of the conversation if you stay for the full session, of course.

There will be a short questionnaire and exhibit materials for you upon your arrival.  We’ll start the program with a welcome and outline for the day with Coalition facilitator Mary Jenkins.  Then we’ll have a short presentation by Cameron Ross of the city’s Planning department, about the research done to date and the context for Westwood’s business district revitalization effort. Next, we’ll break up into small, facilitated groups for focused discussion about aspects of the historic business district and its potential.  We’ll end with some closing remarks about the process and date for the next community meeting.  That’s it.  It’s a lot to ask our neighbors to come to a three hour meeting but we expect it to include meaningful information sharing and dialogue.  We thank you for considering attendance.  Bring a friend!

Q & A

What questions do you have about the historic business district and this process and the potential for revitalization? Your questions will help the coalition prepare for the July 27 meeting and beyond. Post your questions in the Comments field below. We’ll get a Q&A section going on this page in the coming week.
“There are always answers. We just have to be smart enough.”
― John Green, Looking for Alaska (Look at that! You just got a summer reading suggestion, too!)

Westwood Community Meeting, July 27, 2013

Come to a community meeting on Saturday, July 27, 2013
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Westwood United Methodist Church (3460 Epworth Avenue)
Sponsored by the Westwood Coalition for the Revitalization of the Business District
We will discuss the future of the business district on Harrison Ave. from Kling to the Cheviot line.  Together we can improve our neighborhood!
  • Learn about the research done so far.
  • Hear some ideas, including the possibility of a “town square”.
  • Give us your input and ideas.
The Coalition is composed of representatives from Westwood Civic Association, WestCURC, Westwood Works, Westwood Historical Society, business owners, and residents. Our goal is to gather community input on how best to improve pedestrian traffic, safety, and business opportunity in Westwood’s historic business district. A thriving business district will help to transform and stimulate Westwood while retaining the special character of Westwood.
Questions?  Email revitalizewestwood@gmail.com  or call 513.746.5385 or comment below.