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WVXU has been covering the stories of politics and corruption at Cincinnati's City Hall since early 2020. We have now launched an initiative to more closely examine Cincinnati politics and the individuals who have shaped it, along with the current allegations of corruption. We'll also explore proposals for change, and seek feedback from local leaders and community members on what can be done to restore trust in City Hall.Trust in Local Government, WVXU's Public Integrity Project will analyze our council-manager form of government and the charter amendments designed to reinforce ethical standards at City Hall; take a historical look at corruption in Cincinnati government; talk with the candidates for Cincinnati mayor and continue with an ongoing series of features, interviews and candidate profiles.

How Much Say Do Community Development Corporations Have In Their Neighborhoods?

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Warren LeMay
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McMillan Street in Walnut Hills in 2019.

In many Cincinnati neighborhoods, nonprofit organizations called community development corporations work to represent residents as they engage with local government and developers to bring housing, commercial spaces and other economic development. But how well do these groups represent their communities and how much say do they have in the changes happening in their neighborhoods?

Do local governments and developers give these groups their due? And given the recent allegations of corruption around development in City Hall, can CDCs be part of a more transparent development process?

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss these questions are Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation Executive Director Samantha Reeves; Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation Executive Director Sarah Thomas; Homebase CincinnatiExecutive Director Alena Cunningham; and Ohio CDC AssociationExecutive Director Nate Coffman.

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 The "Trust In Local Government: WVXU's Public Integrity Project" examines Cincinnati politics and the individuals who shaped it. Read more hereSupport for this project comes from The Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation. 

Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.