OTR Update: This Is OTR

It’s been two weeks since the last OTR Update. This post will share some (hopefully most) of the highlights of the last two weeks. If you’d like to stay abreast of OTR related news as it happens, connect with OTR on facebook, twitter, tumblr, pinterest, flickrvimeo, and stellar.

1. #THISISOTR – a simple, beautiful community driven website of instagram photos of OTR. Tag your instagram photos with #thisisotr (either as a comment or in the caption) and they’ll appear on thisisotr.com. Instagram is popular photo-filtering and sharing app for iPhone and Android smartphones. Here’s a small sampling of photos that have already been tagged with #thisisotr:

credit: travisjenkins

credit: circastephen

credit: bdraznik

credit: gracgberg

credit: ericelias

credit: ryansantos

credit: modern_relics

credit: miacarruthers

It’s similar to what Nick Dewald (co-founder/curator of The City Flea) does with his instagrams on his tumblr. Nick was recently featured on the Instagram blog.

2. Max Grinnell is visiting Cincinnati for the next week. Grinnell is a writer, public speaker, traveler, professor, and explorer who is coming here to write about urban issues, downtown, the streetcar, et cetera. He is seeking advice while he’s here so feel free to contact him via his website theurbanologist.com or tweet him @theurbanologist. This is reminiscent of Steve Mouzon’s visit to OTR in April 2011 that I wrote about in a post titled “How would you introduce OTR?

3. Brewery District and City Council Plan Brewery Heritage Trail – First detailed on the OTR blog, the OTR Brewery District held a joint news conference with City Councilmembers to  announce plans for a Brewery Heritage Trail. Cincinnati is home to the country’s largest collection of pre-Prohibition breweries and a growing number of heritage tours. More coverage via 91.7 WVXU, Cincinnati Business Courier, and Channel 9 WCPO.

4. The OTR 5K and Summer Celebration – another huge success for the neighborhood – The City Flea curated the Summer Celebration expertly. View photos from the event taken by The City Flea here and some more taken by 5chw4r7z here.

OTR Summer Celebration 2012 via thecityflea.com

5. Senate opens for Sunday brunchSenate join’s OTR many brunch options (MOTR, Mayberry, Taste of Belgium, 1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab, Lavomatic, vendors at Findlay Market, and more…)

6. Reser Bicycle Outfitters opens at 1419 Vine (today!) – Reser is opening its second bike shop in OTR (the first is across the river in Newport, KY). Everyone is excited to have them in the neighborhood and they seem excited to be here!

Reser Bicycle Outfitters in Over-the-Rhine

Reser Bicycle Outfitters OTR patio on Parvis Alley

7. Washington Park – More stunning progress as Washington Park prepares to open in time for the 2012 World Choir Games. Photos by Cheriese Lindsey:

Washington Park OTR, by Cheriese Lindsey

Washington Park OTR, by Cheriese Lindsey

8. The Anchor – the seafood restaurant and oyster bar across from Washington Park is set to open this summer. Stay up to speed with its progress via its facebook and twitter. Here are a few pre-construction photos of its space.

The Anchor OTR

The Anchor OTR

The Anchor OTR

The Anchor OTR

9. New tours!

10. The Queen City Project is at it again with its latest creation “Cincinnati Growing Cincinnati” – several OTR businesses are profiled in the video.

11. The Brandery –  a Top 10 seed stage start-up accelerator is renovating its interior at 1411 Vine in preparation for its next class of start-ups

12. DIY Urbanism – Tonight 6-9pm at the Cincinnati Architecture Foundation, 811 Race Street. See DIY urbanism projects and cast your vote for a winner. Exhibition runs through June 14. Several OTR projects are in the running.

13. Finally, the palate cleanser – Bill Cunningham, a well-known conservative Cincinnati radio talk show host, praised the progress in Over-the-Rhine this week. He even went so far as to urge his listeners from all around the Tristate to come down and visit Over-the-Rhine. After that, he stated: “the world is gonna figure out that Cincinnati into the 21st century will be the most dominate, the most livable, the most forward looking city in this country because of …” and then he listed a series of projects occurring in the urban core. Missing from his list was the Cincinnati Streetcar which he does not support – yet. Read the full text of his praise here.

2 Responses to “OTR Update: This Is OTR”
  1. Greg K says:

    Awesome pictures-thanks for posting!

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  1. […] I learned about the #thisotr hashtag yesterday here. If you are on instagram, check it out and tag some photos (and if you aren’t, get on […]

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