Author Archives: Eric Russo

Tips for Dealing with Slips

Here are some tips when it comes to dealing with slope failures. If you have experienced a landslide that has impacted your residence or some other building, or if you believe it is about to, then call a geo-technical engineer or a structural engineer right away. If a slide is not impacting (or is not […]

The Relationship Between Yard Waste and Landslides

It is often easy to dismiss the impact of dumping yard waste over a hillside. Surely grass clippings, leaves, and branches aren’t that heavy, right?  Actually, the truth is that they are a problem. Over time, these piles accumulate water which adds substantial weight. Repeatedly adding more waste to these piles can cause enough weight […]

Autumn 2017 Outlook

Read about the Hillside Trust’s latest activities, including the addition of new acreage to existing preserves. Download the Autumn 2017 Edition of Outlook.

Winter 2017 Outlook

In this issue of Outlook, read about the new addition to the Hillside Trust’s Clifton Preserve, and the upcoming landslide tour, scheduled for April 1, 2017. Download the Winter 2017 Edition of Outlook

Autumn 2016 Outlook

In this issue of Outlook, learn about the Hillside Trust’s most recent acquisitions, and the organization’s other recent activities. Download the Autumn 2016 Edition of Outlook

Spring 2016 Outlook

In this issue of Outlook, learn about the Hillside Trust’s first ever landslide tour, and the organization’s other recent activities. Download the Spring 2016 Edition of Outlook

Spring 2015 Outlook

In this issue of Outlook, read about our new wetlands trail project in Mt. Washington, and volunteer opportunities for our Education Committee. Download the Spring 2015 Edition of Outlook

Public View Overlay Ordinance Vote delayed…

Cincinnati City Council’s Committee on Livable Communities decided on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 to delay a vote on the pending Public View Overlay Ordinance.  Citing concerns and confusion about the language and reach of the Ordinance, voiced by several developers and property owners, the Committee requested that the City Planning Department address these issues so that a more informed […]

Cincinnati’s overlook views…

Great article about The Hillside Trust’s new brochures.

A quote from Cincinnati Parks Director…

Willie F. Carden, Jr., Director of Cincinnati Parks, stated that, “The Cincinnati Park Board is greatly appreciative of the partnership that has developed with the Hillside Trust. The Hillside Trust’s advocacy for the preservation of the views and overlooks throughout Cincinnati Parks, and the entire region, cannot be matched. Their new brochure on the Overlooks […]

Take a fresh look at Cincinnati’s spectacular overlooks

Go to “Visit Our Overlooks” and read the stories, myths and mysteries of our hillside overlooks in the downloadable  brochures.  Do you have a favorite? Share it with us.

Landslides: The Human Factor

Human alteration of the landscape was a contributing factor in many of the landslide incidents this year. Inappropriate cutting and filling of slopes, insufficient or ineffective routing of storm water, and poorly executed design exacerbated an already problematic situation. This underscores the fact that it costs considerably more to fix a landslide, than it costs […]

East Price Hill’s Landslide…

East Price Hill’s landslide in May affected the backyards, patios, and decks of 7 condominiums whose building foundations are literally 12-15 feet from the edge of the hillside. It occurred just below a concrete curb and fence at the edge and boundary limits of the backyard. The wall isn’t a retaining device, so there is […]

North Avondale Home Landslide…

A landslide in North Avondale dropped down 5-10 feet, stretching across 3 backyards and pushing into adjoining neighbors’ homes. An investigation revealed that the previous owner’s architect and engineer added onto the house and didn’t properly direct storm water away from the edge of the hill. There is also the possibility that the backyard was […]

The Personal Downside to Landslides

With almost as much rainfall in April, May and June of 2011, as this region receives in an entire year, many hillsides have been affected by landslides. The damages to private properties are perhaps the most complicated to address. Landslides in places like East Price Hill, Northside, Mt. Auburn, North Avondale, and East Walnut Hills […]

Hillside Trust refutes developer’s view of ordinance

Per Gary Osterfeld’s comments in the August 1st issue of the Enquirer, “Views up for debate” I have this rebuttal.  Mr. Osterfeld contends that had the view corridor ordinance been in place, he would not have been able to build his leed-designed, energy-efficient homes as part of the Cottage Hill development in Columbia Tusculum.  This simply is […]

Views up for debate

In this hillside slide-prone area, more prevention needed

Public View Ordinance

Cincinnati is blessed with spectacular public overlooks, many of which were established generations ago by forward-thinking civic leaders. The Hillside Trust is devoting the majority of its efforts this year towards adopting a measure called the Public View Overlay Ordinance that would preserve the scenic quality of 50 overlooks throughout the City. What is your […]

Spring 2011 Outlook