Loki here. I know it has been awhile since I posted anything here so I thought I’d hop online and provide an update.
Thanks to the efforts of Ben Sherman and ClassicGrrl CincyVoices will be revving up once more in the near future. I’ve been dealing with chaos ever since returning to New Orleans six months ago, and have not been able to contribute as much as I would like.
Now I’m home. In a city I love and a state I abhor. Eight people shot in a single afternoon, the highest rate per capita of prisoners to population in the world (3x that of Iraq for those of you keeping score), and creationism being pushed into the schools by a governor who makes Kasich look decent. This is why I would laugh at people who spoke to me about high crime in Cincy. Truth is, y’all don’t have crime by comparison and you should be overjoyed by that.
So why the hell did we return? Because even with a list of downsides as long as the Ohio river this is still home, and home is worth fighting for. While my ties to Cincy will always be tight you just don’t see things like this at random in the streets:
My two and a half years in Cincy allowed me to recover somewhat from the burnout of five years of covering Hurricane Katrina, the levee failure and the disturbing effects of their aftermath. It is because of that golden respite, and the wonderful friends I made up there, that I will keep CincyVoices going. You see Northside is now home as well for me, and there is a lot to fight for in Cincy.
I will basically be playing manager and facilitating the work of bloggers that are still physically local to the Queen City. I know that despite my time spent up there I am not in the thick of it anymore so I am going to focus on making sure that the incisive writers on our team have the tools to generate discussion and community centered around a more progressive vision of Cincy’s future.
Much love to Northside, OTR, the Toylab, Cincy Dr. Who, Take the Cake, AmazonLil, Oberon and the Gehrlichs, Mr Disney, and all of my gamer friends up there. I hope to visit by next summer, and cannot wait to see all of you. I now turn things over to Classicgrrl and Ben while I deal with moving into a new apartment. You’re in very good hands.read more