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Greg "Big Rock Candy Mountain" Harris to Run for City Council

November 15, 2006 11:40 PM

CityBeat also is reporting that Greg Harris--the liberal Democrat who lost to Steve Chabot in 2004 and 2002--is planning to run for Cincinnati City Council.  His platform?

"I would love for Cincinnati to become one of the greenest cities in America, including more brownfields re-development and connecting Cincinnati's core to our region's network of recreation trails. I think the Freedom Center can be better utilized to catapult Cincinnati as a heritage tourism hub that allows for immersion into the history of abolitionism and the Underground Railroad but also a site for the ongoing fight for human rights. I would love, for instance, to see an annual African American Theater Festival on the riverfront devoted to these themes. I also see a strong need to create a seamless public transit grid to unify and support the emergence of a central entertainment corridor that unifies The Banks, downtown, Over-the-Rhine, UC, Clifton, Northside, etc."

As the Cincinnati Black Blog says: "Oh brother!" 

But what does Greg Harris's dream remind a whitey like NBS of?  The lyrics to "Big Rock Candy Mountain," which NBS was forced to sing in elementary school.  We did not know then that it was the "progressive democrat" platform.

Sing it with us...

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, there's a land that's fair and bright,
The handouts grow on bushes and you sleep out every night
Where the boxcars all are empty and the sun shines every day
On the birds and the bees and the cigarete trees,
The lemonade springs where the bluebird sings
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, all the cops have wooden legs
And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth and the hens lay soft-boiled eggs
The farmer's trees are full of fruit and the barns are full of hay
Oh I'm bound to go where there ain't no snow
Where the rain don't fall, the wind don't blow
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

Yep.  That just about summarizes Greg Harris's pipe dream for Cincinnati.  If only they had known about light rail in the 1920s, when the song was written.   It surely would have made it into the "Big Rock Candy Mountain" lyrics.  Light rail and Greg Harris's plans for the Freedom Center are about as realistic as bulldogs with rubber teeth and hens that lay soft boiled eggs.  "Oh brother," indeed.


Um, where is light rail mentioned? Harris is talking about transit up and down the city's central corridor. That's not light rail. This could be as simple as closing a lane for a dedicated shuttle or trolley in the evening to support entertainment.

Your cynicism is so boring.

Sid   ·  November 16, 2006 07:32 AM

If you don't like it, don't read NBS!

NBS   ·  November 16, 2006 08:51 AM

Now that's a good idea!

Sid   ·  November 16, 2006 03:02 PM

Who is going to pay for all of Harris's "brilliant" ideas? I supposed a few more tax increases are in order for the people of Cincinnati. Put Leslie Ghiz on that one.

English teacher   ·  November 17, 2006 05:45 PM