State of the City Address

Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken says crime is holding the Queen City back and promised to make that his top priority in 2003. Mayor Luken proposed what he calls his "clean initiative" Thursday in his Fourth Annual State of the City Address. His five-point plan didn't offer many specifics, but says it's time the neighborhoods help the police fight crime so we don't have another year like last year. "While we made important progress in 2002, we remained too negative, we were too sour, and we are still too divided. 2003 can change that. 2003 begins with new reasons for optimism."

Mayor Luken says that optimism comes with three new reasons to come downtown. The Great American Ballpark, the re-opening of the Taft Museum and the Richard and Lois Rosenthal Contemporary Arts Center.