the Queen City Project

Local do-gooders strive to make Cincinnati a better place at the GOOD Ideas for Cities: Cincinnati event.

GOOD Ideas for Cities is an initiative aimed at bettering urban regions. Pairing civic leaders with upstanding creative groups, this seemingly bizarre combination brings change about in creative, unique ways. We were happy to document several of the groups’ ideas at GOOD Ideas for Cities: Cincinnati, which was held on May 16th 2012. The event was hosted by UC’s Niehoff Urban Studio and the Haile Foundation and took place downtown at the Contemporary Arts Center. We dig this project because, living in Cincinnati, we’d love to see how its inhabitants can make the city an even better place.



Cincinnati is known for its strong and diverse arts community with a plethora of offerings that include large museums and institutions, excellent arts schools, and alternative spaces and galleries. How can the local arts scene serve as a catalyst for the local creative economy in a way that will attract talent, fuel innovation and build a stronger workforce?


Studies have shown that parental involvement in a child’s academic aspirations is one of the most important elements in improving student outcomes and nurturing student success. Knowing that early education is especially critical to our students’ lifelong development, how can we design, implement, and evaluate a system of parental involvement within early education for Cincinnati families?


Four transit agencies operate public transportation in the Cincinnati region, each with its own name and identity, spanning multiple counties and two states. How can we create a more user-focused transit experience around a bus rapid transit line that builds brand equity and consumer commitments with a unified, region-wide voice, creating rising public demand for a better regional system?


Adults living in neighborhoods with no supermarkets have significantly higher obesity rates compared to adults living in neighborhoods with supermarkets. Currently the City of Cincinnati should have 34 supermarkets—we only have 24. How can we increase both availability of healthy foods and education about healthy eating in underserved neighborhoods?


Walkability offers real benefits to our health, the environment, our communities, and our finances: Research shows increasing walkability can increase the value of residential and commercial real estate. How can we help our communities come together and make changes necessary to increase their local walkability?


Homeowners in the Greater Cincinnati area are spending far more than they should on electricity and gas because their homes lack proper insulation, storm windows and efficient heating and cooling systems. With the goals of saving money, reducing emissions and putting local residents to work, how do we get more Cincinnati households to perform energy efficiency upgrades on their home?