Before and After: E. McMicken and Walnut

Update: The source of this photo is the Cincinnati Historical Society Library website. The photo title is “Third German Methodist Episcopal Church, Northwest Corner of Lang Street and McMicken Avenue” and the photo date is 03/16/1916. At the intersection of Walnut Street and E. McMicken Avenue:

The Recent History of Meiner Flats

Meiner Flats, the five-story buidling at E. 15th Street and Vine, is expected to be renovated over the next year according to Lisa Bernard-Kuhn at the Developing Now blog. The 3CDC led project will include 1428 and 1434 Vine on the south side of 15th St. The five-story Meiner Flats building was “saved from emergency … Continue reading

The Most Recent Mercer Commons Renderings

These come by way of the July 2011 OTR Work Group Report. Read more about Mercer Commons, the two buildings that may be demolished (1314 Vine and 1329 Walnut), and older renderings here. See all the renderings in this flickr set. And here is the Work Group’s Report:

“The Ides of March” Trailer

The Ides of March with George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and others looks pretty good. According to The Guardian, Ides of March will open at the Venice film festival. Lots of familiar scenes of Cincinnati in the trailer: Photo via Sony Pictures:

OTRview XI: Tracey Lynn Conrad of The Young Philanthropist Society of Cincinnati

Tracey Lynn Conrad is committed volunteer and the Founder and President of the Young Philanthropist Society of Cincinnati. She chairs Mayor Mallory’s YPKC Arts and Entertainment Committee, serves on the board of several arts and charity organizations, and is one of the stars of the Cincinnati-based reality show “Queen City“. Somehow, she graciously found the time to … Continue reading

Before and After: 14th & Vine

Learn more about 14th & Vine, located at 1331-35 Vine St., here. See other before and afters here.

Know Theatre’s New Sign

The Know Theatre is installing a large marquee sign. Photos from the Know Theatre facebook page. Hat tip: CityBeat

First Statewide Preservation Connection coming to OTR on August 12

Here’s some information about Preservation Connection: Cincinnati which will be held at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in OTR on Friday, August 12 from 8:30am to 4pm. Here are some details about this affordable and informative event: Preservation Ohio is sponsoring, with the assistance of the Cincinnati Preservation Association, an incredible one-day conference on the latest issues … Continue reading

“Queen City” Reality Show Sneak Peek

The new Cincinnati-based reality show premieres tonight at 11pm on FOX19.  It’s expertly produced and the HD footage I’ve seen does an excellent job showcasing Cincinnati’s breathtakingly beautiful urban neighborhoods. Here’s the opening sequence: John Kiesewetter on has this to say about the show: “Queen City” follows four women –  well-connected volunteer Tracey Lynn Conrad; University … Continue reading

Mercer Commons Renderings

All renderings of Mercer Commons are available on You can also view them in this Mercer Commons flickr set

Abigail Street’s storefront construction

Connect with Abigail Street on facebook here. Learn more about in this article by Polly Campbell.

The Fate of 1329 Walnut and Mercer Commons

It has come to my attention that 1329 Walnut St. may soon be on the chopping block to make way for the Mercer Commons development by 3CDC. Mercer Commons is a $51 million development that will bring new commercial and residential units to a large area in the heart of OTR. Restoration of over a … Continue reading

A pleasant scene at Frintz and Mulberry

Frintz ends short of Mulberry but the Frintz Street steps continue up to Mulberry. Thanks to Brittany Skelton for sharing her photo.

Putting OTR on the (Google) Map

Considering the speed with which development is occurring in Over-the-Rhine, it doesn’t take long for Google’s understanding of the neighborhood to become outdated.  Fortunately, there are a number of ways Over-the-Rhiners can help keep Google up to speed with the changes happening in the neighborhood. OTR Matters is starting a new project that revolves around … Continue reading

OTRview X: Lindsey Lusignolo, Premier Fashion Designer

Lindsey Lusignolo is a premier fashion designer of couture bridal and evening wear. Her boutique showroom and studio is located on beautiful Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. She’s the subject of OTRview X. CityBeat named her Best of Cincinnati 2011. She’s also been interviewed by Metromix, Cincinnati Profile and Cincy Chic. Connect with Lindsey Lusignolo on facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, … Continue reading

City Home on Washington Park Ribbon Cutting July 19

City Home’s phase 1B Ribbon Cutting is Tuesday, July 19 at 10am. Photos via OTR Living and flickr users taestell and 5chw4r7z:

From Over-the-Rhine to The Banks

Jeremy Patrick was kind enough to share his iPhone photos from a recent Queen City Underground Tour and a visit to Current at The Banks. The featured image for this post shows the Moerlein Lager House under construction at Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park which buffers The Banks from the riverfront. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. … Continue reading

OTR Foundation Places 3rd in This Place Matters Competition

Via the National Trust for Historic Preservation: And for coming in third, Over-the-Rhine Foundation will get $5,000 to spend for getting so many citizens in Cincinnati, Ohio excited about Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. OTR didn’t win the top spot and that’s disappointing, but it’s also an incredible honor to place in the top three of 100 preservation organizations nationwide. … Continue reading

OTRview IX: Terry Grundy of The Urbanists

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 Terry Grundy is a visionary and the subject of OTRview IX. A decade ago when the fate of Over-the-Rhine was in question, Mr. Grundy was instrumental in creating and articulating a “thought movement” that crafted an enlightened vision of Over-the-Rhine’s future. The group was The Urbanists. To learn more … Continue reading

This Place Matters Community Challenge Official Results

Will be announced today at 5pm on this website!

The Future of Findlay Market

Update: The bullets are not indenting as they should. Please excuse the monotonous appearance. Today’s Enquirer includes this article about Findlay Market by Laura Baverman. In it we learn the following: Parking plan To be presented to the city of Cincinnati within one year Will include proposal to replace the four-story 1930s building at 1634 Central … Continue reading

This Place Matters Community Challenge 2011 Unofficial Results

The 2011 This Place Matters Community Challenge concluded yesterday at 5pm. Official results will be posted on this website today at noon. UPDATE: Results will be posted at 5pm on July 6 From my perspective, yesterday was a day of epic proportions for Over-the-Rhine. The stage couldn’t have been more perfectly set… June 30 2011 was social media … Continue reading