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3 headlines you may have missed: Traffic probs, city growth, US News likes us

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When confronted with lane closures and heavy highway traffic, using a zipper merge is the best way to keep traffic moving. The Enquirer/Mike Nyerges

Welcome back to the daily feature recapping three headlines you may have missed today while watching Zuckerberg get nervous in front the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees.

Does traffic suck in Cincinnati? Yes. Yes, it does.

Our Randy Tucker took a look at data provided by a global transportation analytics firm and found Cincinnati’s traffic is pretty unbearable. 

Cincinnati (26 hours) ranked ahead of Columbus, where motorists spent 23 hours in traffic jams, Cleveland (18 hours); and Toledo (10 hours) for the most congested major city in Ohio.

Wooo! Take that other Ohio metro areas. Oh, wait. It’s like golf scores, isn’t it?

I have a theory which, at least partially, explains our congestion problems.

Y’all don’t use the dang zipper merge.

It’s confounding to me. If the engineers who designed our highway ramps intended for you to merge before the lane ends they would have painted the lanes that way or ended it right then and there.

End rant.

Cincinnati isn’t the fastest growing city in Ohio

Good. Keep out! Got enough congestion to begin with. The distinction goes to Columbus, according to a report from 24/7 Wall Street.

Overall, the Cincinnati metro area population grew by about 0.60 percent last year as the area added 13,053 new residents, raising the total population to 2.18 million, according to Census estimates. 

In Kentucky, Bowling Green is the fastest growing metro area. 

U.S. News says Cincinnati is a top 50 place to live in 2018

Keeping with the list/ranker theme today, U.S. News said Cincinnati is the 49th best place to live in the country.

Austin, Texas came in No. 1. Duh.

Here’s what U.S. News had to say about us:

“Although Cincinnati is often perceived as a sleepy Midwestern metro area, residents benefit from a wealth of amenities, including museums, professional sports teams and a wide selection of restaurants.”

Those folks who think of us as a sleepy Midwestern metro should start following our City Hall coverage. It’s lit.

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