The Livable Communities Committee of Cincinnati City Council passed a motion Wednesday asking the city administration to put up multi-lingual signs on Fountain Square. The signs would be posted in Spanish and perhaps several other languages.
It was a unanimous vote amongst committee members who say that signs in a language other than English recognize the diversity of those who live in Cincinnati and welcomes those who come to visit.
"I just think its great to let people know that you are welcome in Cincinnati. Regardless of whether you are from Japan or China or Africa, its just a wonderful place to be," said city councilman Charlie Winburn.
The motion has been on the table for nearly two years where it received a favorable vote. "And so what we did as a new council is pass it again and reiterate to the folks in our administration that we want it to happen," said councilwoman Laure Quinlivan. The motion also calls for the city administration to recommend what other languages need to be included.
"I think its a great idea. I think there are little things that go a long way in creating good will for the community and for international visitors," Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA president, Alfonso Cornejo.
On the other side of the issue are those who believe the signs should read in English only and each individual should have to know the native language. "The people will be able to read the signs in English, they're not losing anything," said Cornejo.
The city will work with 3CDC, which operates the square, to install the signs.