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City Council approves co-naming of downtown Third Street

Third Street in downtown Cincinnati will now also be called Carl H. Linder Way after a 9-0 decision Wednesday by City Council (FOX19) Third Street in downtown Cincinnati will now also be called Carl H. Linder Way after a 9-0 decision Wednesday by City Council (FOX19)
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Third Street in downtown Cincinnati will now also be called Carl H. Lindner Way after a 9-0 decision Wednesday by City Council.

Carl H. Lindner is known as one of the richest men who ever lived. A Cincinnati native, Lindner founded UDF along with his brothers. The Lindner family owns an estimate 42% of the American Financial Group. Lindner also served as part owner of the Cincinnati Reds. It is estimated he contributed more than 60 million dollars to organizations in the Queen City.

"The University of Cincinnati simply wouldn't be what is today without his support,” said Santa Ono, President of the University of Cincinnati.

Ono says the Lindner family donated at least 30 million dollars to the university. The school of business now bears his name and during the parade to honor is life in 2011, the entire city said ‘thank you.'

"Around here, the streets were lined with individuals that were so grateful for his support so it's fitting that we honor him,” said Ono.

Mayor Mark Cranley proposed this week naming Third Street downtown Carl H. Lindner Way but councilman Chris Seelbach had his concerns.

"The fact does remain that he played a big part in passing Article XII in the early 90s which we lived under for ten years and hurt a lot of gay families,” said Seelbach.

Seelbach says Article XII which called for no special class status be granted based upon sexual orientation became known as one of the country's harshest anti-gay ordinances

He believes through Lindner's generous support of Citizens for Community Values, Lindner had a hand in making Cincinnati an intolerable place for LGBT families but Seelbach says it was all of Lindner's other great works that earned his support.

"Ultimately, just like I don't want to be judged just on my sexual orientation, I found myself saying 'Look, I'm not going to judge him just based on one bad thing I think he did,” said Seelbach.

With a unanimous vote at city hall, Third Street will now also be known as Carl H. Lindner Way in honor of one of city's greatest philanthropists.

Councilman Seelbach says businesses will not be required to change their address. The street will now be known as both Third Street and Carl H. Lindner Way. You could begin seeing those new signs as early as next week.

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