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Women’s home fighting insurance giant to stay put

Wed., Oct. 10, 2012, 11:31 p.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — A battle between a Fortune 500 company and a nonprofit home for struggling women has reached a boiling point in Cincinnati.

The fight between insurance giant Western & Southern Financial Group and the Anna Louise Inn has become the most public conflict in the ongoing transformation of the historic Ohio River city.

It’s also a stark example of the difficulty of striking a balance between the public benefits of gentrification and the human costs.

Western & Southern wants the home to leave the picturesque downtown neighborhood that they share so it can build a boutique hotel. The inn wants to stay where it is and renovate its 103-year-old property.

Their battle heads to the Ohio Court of Appeals this month.



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