Living in Covington: On the cusp of turning 200, The Cov is 'alive and ripe with opportunity'

COVINGTON, Ky. - Editor's Note: Readers may have noticed that our regular feature, "Meet the Mayor," was missing for a few months. We put the series on hiatus, reworked it, and now are pleased to bring you "Living In..." in its place each Wednesday.

Covington, Ky.

  • County: Kenton
  • Population: 40,000
  • Founded: 1815
  • Mayor: Sherry Carran Elected: November 2012

Claim to fame:

Mayor Carran said: "We are like the ‘Midwest Brooklyn to New York', a predominantly residential community with all the amenities of its neighboring Cincinnati within reach. We even have John A. Roebling suspension bridge, the prototype of the Brooklyn Bridge that links us to Cincinnati. The major entertainment area (restaurants,
festivals) is Mainstrasse Village. We’ve also been described as the ‘Gateway to the South’ and the ‘Southern Side of Cincinnati.'"

According to Carran, the city of Covington is alive and focused on what matters most.

"The opposite of the cookie cutter, strip mall city, Covington is real, raw and refined. Our city is rich in character and we’re home to many great characters. We’re welcoming and accessible, optimistic with a sense of humor. It matters that we have the courage and dedication to advance a long-term vision. As our city turns 200, we’re ripe with opportunity. Alive and growing in a sustainable way, Covington is creating the perfect environment for startups, entrepreneurs and established businesses to prosper in our creative spaces," said Carran.

"The people make this city," said resident Fritz Kuhlmann. There are 19 neighborhoods with 40,000 residents, of which 500 are active, according to Kuhlmann. "It's a small town with an urban core that is experiencing a renaissance at the grassroots level. In five years, you won't recognize this town," he said. "It's bubbling without the corporate influence."

Kuhlmann (pictured above), an architect and real estate agent with Huff, has lived with his wife Judith in the Kenton Hills district near Devou Park for 17 years.

In 2006, Sherry Carran knocked on his door and discussed what the new bridge across the Ohio should look like. After Carran became commissioner, she asked Kuhlmann to serve on a committee to protect hillsides in Covington. She even encouraged him to run for City Commissioner.

"I can't get elected dog catcher in this town," said Kuhlmann, laughing. Failing to win elected office didn't discourage him from civic involvement. By 2008, he served on the Arts & Culture Committee. Now, he is a member of the Progress with Preservation Committee. Still involved in Covington politics, he is on the Building Code and Enforcement Board.

Kuhlmann praises the Awesome Collective of Covington, a group dedicated to celebrating the city by engaging residents, schools, businesses and organizations in Covington events. These projects aim to engage residents, youth, visitors, schools, businesses and organizations. Members want to celebrate and promote Covington’s excellence, uniqueness, authenticity, and share their sense of excitement about the city. 

About the Mayor:

Mayor Sherry Carran (above) was elected to the position of mayor in the November 2012 elections. She is Covington's 41st mayor and the city's first female mayor. She began her first term on City Commission in January of 2007 and served three two-year terms as a commissioner.

She is a 1974 graduate of the University of Cincinnati receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

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