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UC Conference Offers Toxic Tours
of Lower Price Hill, Winton Hills and Brownfields

Date: July 17, 2001
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Archive: Research News

Most conferences that come to town showcase Cincinnati's fine restaurants or top tourist attractions. The 2001 Conference on Communication and Environment, organized by the University of Cincinnati Center for Environmental Communication Studies, will invite participants and the public to instead take a closer look at environmentally distressed communities in Cincinnati.

Participants in the so-called "Toxic Tours" will board buses outside UC's Kingsgate Conference Center at 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, and return by 6 p.m. Up to 50 conference attendees are expected to take the tour, while the rest of the seats on the three buses will be open to the public free on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a choice of three different destinations:

  • Lower Price Hill, with Mike Henson of the Urban Appalachian Council leading a walking tour of the community.
  • Winton Hills (Mill Creek corridor, Rumpke landfill), led by Linda Briscoe of the Winton Hills Citizen Action Association and Cincinnati Women's Health Project.
  • Brownfields Bus Safari of contaminated sites in North Avondale, Bond Hill and Northside, led by Laverne Mayfield of the Greater Cincinnati Occupational Health Center.

"It's important for the community groups of Cincinnati to bring folks into their neighborhoods to see, smell and hear some of the environmental problems they live with," said John Delicath, one of the conference's organizers and UC assistant professor of communication. "The point is not to rain on Cincinnati's parade, but to bring before people's eyes something that is usually hidden and ignored."

The tours are supported with funds from the Sierra Club.

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