Before and After: The Lackman

One of the fun things about blogging about OTR is displaying transformations of historic structures from abandonment and disuse to restoration and rebirth as places to live, work, eat, drink, visit, etc. On the left is 1237 Vine Street as it was photographed in 2004 by 3CDC and how it looked in 2010 when 5chw4r7z … Continue reading

Saengerhalle and Westfalen Lofts

Here’s a recent photo[1] of Westfalen Lofts and Saengerhalle in the 1400 block of Race Street. 3CDC is now headquartered in Saengerhalle and NorthPointe Group has offices there too.[2] Footnotes: 1.Wil Snodgrass photos 2. Soapbox Media: 3CDC moves into new HQ, makes room for restaurant

Bockfest 2011 Map of Venues and Free Shuttle Route

Via Bockfest: To get to all the great Bockfest venues and events, there will be FREE shuttles running from 7PM-1AM on Friday, 10AM-1AM on Saturday, and 11AM-7PM on Sunday. Bockfest Hall is noted in RED on the map below, participating venues are noted in GREEN, public parking is noted in ORANGE, and the FREE shuttle is noted in … Continue reading

Three Ways to Support the OTR Foundation during Bockfest 2011

You’re invited to: OTR Turn-of-the-Century Tours, Bach to Bock Brunch at Memorial Hall, Shop Bock!, and a host of other Bockfest-related events Bockfest is one week away! The Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. has the primary responsibility for many of Bockfest‘s events. A number of non-profit organizations help make parts of Bockfest happen, including: … Continue reading

Washington Park Construction

Saving St. Paulus Kirche

St. Paulus Kirche is the oldest Protestant church in the city of Cincinnati. It stands at the corner of Race and 15th streets in Over-the-Rhine. 3CDC has partnered with the city to stabilize and save the historic church. CityKin has some photos of the landmark taken before the remnants of Hurricane Ike further damaged the structure. … Continue reading

Ice Cream Daydream

Photo by 5chw4r7z: Ice Cream Daydream | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Cincinnati and Civil War Mural

Photo by 5chw4r7z: Cincinnati and Civil War

Bach’s Brunch at Memorial Hall

Information from: OTR Foundation’s Bach to Bock Brunch at Memorial Hall during Bockfest! On Sunday March 6, the Over-the-Rhine Foundation presents the “Bach to Bock Brunch” at Memorial Hall, which features German-style fare from Mecklenburg Gardens, classical music by 17 Mile Brass and a special presentation by Kevin Pape, principal of Gray and Pape, the firm … Continue reading

Bockfest Cincinnati – T-Shirt Happy Hour Tonight

Bockfest Cincinnati – T-Shirt Happy Hour. The Bock Tee’s Happy Hour will take place on Wednesday , February 23, 2011 from 6PM to 9PM, at Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern. Milton’s is located at 301 Milton Street.

New Over-the-Rhine Paintings by Alan Grizzell « Visualingual

New Over-the-Rhine Paintings by Alan Grizzell « Visualingual.

Popular OTR tour to get office and gift shop in Gateway

The Queen City Underground Tour will soon operate out of 1220 Vine St. in the Gateway Quarter. Photo credit: panoramio user BDRUF Lisa Ensminger of Soapbox Cincinnati reports that the popular Queen City Underground and Newport Gangster Tours “will get a permanent home in the Gateway Quarter of Over-the-Rhine, opening a new office and shop this … Continue reading

A Tavola Pizza opening this spring on Vine Street

By late March, A Tavola Pizza should be open for business on Vine Street in the Gateway Quarter! photo from A Tavola Pizza’s facebook page

Bockfest weekend tours, brunch reveal historic treasures « OTR News

From the Over-the-Rhine Foundation: Bockfest weekend tours, brunch reveal historic treasures « OTR News.  

Upgrade – The Boilover

Take a look inside Saengerhalle and all the changes happening on Race Street near Washington Park and Music Hall. From The Boilover: ]

Cincinnati Streetcar: Let’s Go! « CincyStreetcar Blog

Cincinnati Streetcar: Let’s Go! « CincyStreetcar Blog.

Week 4: Colorful – The Boilover

IH2SW? Week 4: Colorful – The Boilover.

City of Cincinnati Announces Stop Locations for Streetcar Route « CincyStreetcar Blog

City of Cincinnati Announces Stop Locations for Streetcar Route « CincyStreetcar Blog.    

Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine

Check out @5chw4r7z’s trip to Skirtz and Johnston at Findlay Market:

Before and After: 12th and Vine

Photos from the 3CDC flickr stream and Wikimedia Commons (L-R):

Just Vine (via Stacked)

The corner of 12th and Vine in Over The Rhine turned up with a perfect walkability score last week.  This must be surprising news for those who listen to local talk radio which has made a lot of money and ratings out of telling listeners that they take their lives in their hands when they … Continue reading

Urban Eden’s courtyard (Main Street, OTR)

  Urban Eden’s courtyard (Main Street, OTR) | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Before and After: Fourteenth Street

It is with some excitement that we announce a new feature of the OTR blog: Before and After Photos (L-R) by flickr user ifmuth and facebook user James J. Click to view larger image:

Findlay Market in February (via My Brain Is Leaking)

Excellent post from an OTR resident documenting a recent trip to Findlay Market: After spending the weekend in San Francisco’s cloudless, 72 degree atmosphere, returning to Cincinnati was like getting a cold, hard slap to the face.  I was pleasantly surprised to wake up this morning to sunny skies – the temperature was hovering around … Continue reading

Miles of smiles

According to Walk Score, 1200 Vine Street scores 100 and is a walker’s paradise. Thus is the case for much of OTR. And with views like this, how could you not smile while walking the nabe?

The telos and techne of the OTR blog

When employing rarely used words, it is common to define them. So, without delving too deeply into freshman level philosophy, telos and techne are terms from philosophy. Telos is “that for the sake of which” according to Aristotle, while techne is “the rational method involved in producing an object or accomplishing a goal or objective” … Continue reading

Hey you, thanks!

The first four days of the blog surpassed expectations. The picture above shows over 300 views on the first day, over 400 views on the second day, almost 500 on the third and over 500 on the fourth. These are surprising numbers!

Shoe Repair on Vine Street in the Gateway Quarter

The sign above the door reads “Shoe Repair: Impressions that last”. I like that. Photo from 5chw4r7z who blogs, tweets and shoots great photos. This photo was originally posted in this blog post.

OTR Properties

Check out the Available Properties page! One of my main reasons for getting involved with this blog was to provide increased awareness of the properties that are available to rent, lease, or own in Over-the-Rhine. My girlfriend and I are currently hunting for an apartment in which to live in OTR when we move in … Continue reading

YES Gallery

During January 2011’s Final Friday, YES gallery at 1417 Main Street hosted a “site specific Art & Music show by Mark Warren Jacques” Here is a poster for the event followed by photos from the event as posted at and a video from the YES event on Final Friday. A short video of YES from Final … Continue reading

The Pop-Up Swap Shop + Last Bites Bakery

Pop Up Swap Shop + Last Bites Bakery: every Saturday Sell, barter or just get rid of stuff at Share Some Sugar Pop Up Swap Shop + Last Bites Bakery 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday next to Park + Vine at 12oo Main St. CityBeat reports: Anyone is welcome to bring things taking … Continue reading

Brewery District News

  Brewery District Renewal Meeting Thursday 2/10 at 6pm. Iris Book Cafe – 1331 Main St If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, email Monthly Meeting Meeting 2/9 at 5:30 pm. The Drinkery – 1150 Main St

What Lies Beneath OTR

Under OTR lies a labyrinth of tunnels, caves and caverns. Every year, more of these hidden treasures are discovered. During Bockfest they are opened to public for “Prohibition Resistance Tours“; this year, they fall on the weekend of March 5 and 6. For more information, click here and to buy tickets go here. From Soapbox … Continue reading

3CDC’s Monthly Report for January 2011

3CDC’s monthly report for January 2011 has been released and is available for download as a PDF here. Interesting news items to note: Saengerhalle on Race Street is 95% complete. 3CDC and NorthPointe Group are scheduled to move in Feb. 11 and 17, respectively. Negotiations to lease additional 8,150 sq. ft. to two tenants will … Continue reading

Bockfest 2011

Bockfest begins four weeks from this weekend!

The OTR blog

Hope you enjoy the new OTR blog!

Durable Over-the-Rhine?

From Human Transit blog… Planners and preservationists talk a lot about sustainability. Unfortunately, the word has been thrown around so much, that its meaning has become muddied and lost. The buzz-word curse has turned sustainability from a worthwhile goal/process to a word that incites eye-rolling sighs from many. Taking a page from the Human Transit … Continue reading

The Audacity of Over-the-Rhine


Welcome to the OTR blog! Due to the overwhelmingly interest in the Over-the-Rhine facebook page and twitter account, it seems only natural to start a blog in order to document this magnificent neighborhood’s ascent more fully.