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This past Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Not only did I enjoy friends and rediscover the origins of slavery in America and the Civil Rights Movement, but I finally experience how our downstream neighbors along the Ohio are reinventing their riverfront. Located between Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ballpark, I walked amongst the outdoor stage, Civil War Memorial and the Cincinnati bike center. Knowing only a little bit about the Banks Project (the river development project), I was surprised at the progress they have already made and the impact it has had on the area. My friends and I meditated while walking the labyrinth and learning about the Black Brigade defending Cincinnati from Confederate troops, all while bikers and runners enjoyed the perfect morning sun. According to Wikipedia, $3.5 billion has been spent on the Banks and even more is yet to come.


University of Dayton Rivers Institute, Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, River Stewards, Great Miami River


Author: Anthony (no last name given)