Cincinnati to host Mayors' conference on design

Cincinnati is one of four communities selected from over 100 cities to participate in the three-day Mayors' Institute on City Design (MICD) Alumni Technical Assistance Program, which kicks off with a public lecture this evening at 6 PM.

MICD is bringing in five design experts from around the country to work with city officials, local design professionals, and community member to develop strategies for the revitalization of Walnut Hills.

"Views from the Field: National Design Experts Present Best Practices in Sustainable Neighborhood Development", to be held this evening at the Contemporary Arts Center, will feature MICD professionals' thoughts on how communities can address contemporary urban design challenges.

Tomorrow, at 3:30 PM in Council Chambers at City Hall, "Walnut Hills Revitalization Plans: A Perspective from the Mayors' Institute's Design Professionals" will highlight the MICD teams thoughts on what they like and don't like about the Walnut Hills revitalization plans, and will present ideas that the city might want to consider for the future.

"As one of Cincinnati's oldest communities, Walnut Hills has a lot of potential for redevelopment," says Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory.  "The Mayors' Institute workshop is an opportunity to get different perspectives on the neighborhoods challenges.  The goal is to build momentum that will spur further redevelopment."

Among the MICD members visiting Cincinnati are:

Founded in 1985, MICD is a partnership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Architectural Foundation.

Writer: Kevin LeMaster
Source: Jason Barron, City of Cincinnati

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