City Livability Award                                                        

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory recently accepted the  City Livability Award from the U.S. Council of Mayors.  It was based uponthe well known Mural Works program established by the City of Cincinnati and ArtWorks.

As part of an effort to beautify the city, 28 murals have been created since 2007 in 24 of the 52 different Cincinnati neighborhoods.  The goal is to bring at least one mural to every neighborhood through collaboration with residents, businesses, artists and teens.

ArtWorks employs both teenage and professiJim Tarbell Mural - Cincinnational artists to work with the community in designing the murals. The diversity of the murals reflects the diversity of the communities they are in.  Some speak to the city's history, others to changes in a neighborhood, and some are simply creative expressions. 

My personal favorite is of Jim Tarbell, former vice-mayor of the City.  Many years ago, Jim helped me with a volunteer project at the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Branch in downtown.  He played the part of William Howard Taft, reminiscing about the way life was then in Cincinnati.  I can still see him striding down Vine Street from his Over the Rhine home...he looked just like this mural picture!