Danger Wheel

 Updated: July 30, 9:25 a.m. 

Thousands of people are expected to watch the 4th annual "Dangerwheel" competition in Cincinnati's Pendleton neighborhood this weekend. Sixty-four teams go head-to-head as adults ride Big Wheel-type bikes down hills and over jumps.

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Pendleton is in the northeast corner of Cincinnati's central business district.  The heart is just north of the Horseshoe Casino.  While you may not realize it, it is not a part of Over-the-Rhine or Downtown.  It is its own neighborhood, with its own identity.  And the people who live there want to keep that identity as developers come in. 

The owners of a popular bar in Over-the-Rhine are now working on opening another tavern in nearby Pendleton.  Nation won’t be the first bar in the neighborhood, or even the first new business.  But it is the first in a new wave of development.

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One of the big sticking points over Alumni Lofts has been settled.  The Pendleton Neighborhood Council was concerned about parking at the former School for Creative and Performing Arts.  But council president Tabatha Anderson says much of the green space on the north side of the property will be saved.

A majority of Cincinnati City Council voted today to give a development company over $1.356 million dollars in federal housing dollars for an affordable housing project in Pendleton.

But that is less than the $1.9 million the city administration had proposed for the plan to rehab 40 units in the neighborhood.

Some council members wanted to hold back $543,000 for a permanent supportive housing project in Avondale that would not have been available if the Pendleton developer, Wallick-Hendy Development had gotten the entire $1.9 million.

Cincinnati Council could vote later this month on an amendment for how it spends federal housing dollars.  The proposal would shift $1.8 million dollars to an affordable housing project in Pendleton.  That plan would rehab 40 units in the neighborhood.  

But at least two council members want to know why this proposal could be funded, while a plan for permanent supportive housing in Avondale still has not received city dollars.  That more than $500,000 request has been pending city review for nearly a year.  

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The Horseshoe Casino is a big, shiny new attraction near some old Cincinnati neighborhoods.  It is right across the street from Pendleton and within walking distance of Over-the-Rhine.  So what do those communities think of the casino now that it has been open for a year?  

“On a scale of one to ten, I would give them a ten,” said Tabatha Anderson, the current president of the Pendleton Neighborhood Council.  “If I could give them higher I would.”

Irish-born graffiti artist Maser is internationally-known for his murals, and now he has added another large, outdoor work to a building in the Pendleton neighborhood of Cincinnati.

The mural entitled "Get Up" can be found at 522 E, 12th Street, between Pendleton St. and reading Rd.

Jay Hanselman

Many people have watched as the Broadway Commons was transformed from a parking lot into a $400 million casino complex that is planning to open its doors to the public next Monday.

What they may not have noticed is that the casino project has transformed the long-neglected neighborhood of Pendleton, just across Reading Road from Horseshoe Casino.