Today's Enquirer gives extensive coverage to the large number of large retail properties currently vacant in Our Fair City and its Fair Suburbs. Big-box retailers, it seems, keep getting bigger, leaving not-quite-as-big spaces behind.
Municipalities struggle to get those properties reoccupied. But we wonder whether they're looking in the wrong direction. What the big boxes may best accommodate is not more retail but more not-for-profit. Specifically, these sites are ripe for churches.
To grow in most of American culture, churches need lots of space and lots of parking. That's what the big, empty boxes provide. And it's been done successfully, as Cincinnati's current "hot" church, Crossroads Community, has amply demonstrated.
We challenge gentle readers to go into all the city and sign leases to make disciples.