Roxanne Qualls served as Mayor of the City of Cincinnati from 1993-1999 and as a member of City Concil from 1991-199 and from 2007-2013. When she returned to City Council in 2007, she focused on initiatives that are fundamental to building a strong Cincinnati and result in enhanced quality of life, a globally-competitive local economy, and smart management of city resources.
These efforts include:
Cincinnati now has a new tool to revitalize our neighborhoods using an innovative, community-driven alternative to conventional zoning called form-based codes. Described as the "DNA of livable communities," form-based codes reinvent conventional zoning to create healthy, vibrant neighborhoods and business districts that accommodate pedestrians, transit and bicycles as well as cars; a range of housing types and businesses; and great public spaces.
Streets are the public living rooms of our communities. Neighborhoods around the city, and cities across the country, are recognizing the need to transform our streets, making access for people, not cars, the priority, and creating destinations instead of raceways through town.
To compete for jobs, talent and investment in the 21st century, Cincinnati is building a multimodal transportation system to support transit-oriented development, connect the region's largest employment centers, link jobs and housing, and provide more transportation choices.
The Homeless to Homes initiative gives Cincinnati for the first time a comprehensive plan to move homeless men and women from the streets to homes. The Homeless to Homes plan addresses emergency and transitional housing needs, and the comprehensive services necessary to obtain and maintain housing. It is designed to substantially decrease the number of homeless people needing emergency shelter services each night, and ensure that homeless facilities are good neighbors.