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In observance of Fourth of July, some OTR businesses are not open while others are celebrating the holiday and the kickoff of the 2012 World Choir Games with special events. Here’s an incomplete list of today’s observances in OTR: Taste of Belgium Bistro at 12th and Vine is open and invites you to “Celebrate July … Continue reading
Another Final Friday is upon OTR. Here are a couple things going on tonight in the neighborhood: Reser Bicycle Outfitters at 1419 Vine Street is hosting a grand opening reception with food, fun and drinks! Stop by tonight and enjoy the new shop and its nice back alley patio. Nearby at 1409 Vine is the grand opening … Continue reading
Follow the updates of the renovated and expanded park on facebook at facebook.com/WashingtonParkOTR, on twitter @WashingtonPark, on flickr at flickr.com/photos/washingtonpark, and at its website washingtonpark.org Special thanks to photographer Cheriese Lindsey.
The Cincinnati-Clifton Incline Plane, better known as the Bellevue Incline, connected Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine to Ohio Avenue in Clifton Heights. It was touted as “the only direct route to Burnet Woods Park, Zoological Garden, and Clifton.” The Elm Street steps used to run adjacent to the incline from McMicken to Clifton avenues where the … Continue reading
The official ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the reopening of Washington Park will take place on the bandstand in the center of the park at 10:00am Friday, July 6. Parks Director Willie Carden will emcee the event, with speakers Mayor Mark Mallory, City Manager Milton Dohoney, and officials from 3CDC and PNC Bank. The day’s festivities include free parking in … Continue reading
It’s a simple idea: OTR could really use a space that doubles as a bowling alley and live music venue. Several friends agreed and suggested a few possible OTR locations that could accommodate bowling lanes and a place for performances: Greg’s Antiques (formerly The Woodward) at the corner of Main Street and E. 14th Street. … Continue reading
The “Rhine” of “Over-the-Rhine” was the Miami & Erie Canal. The canal was replaced by Central Parkway and the subway line. Here are a few images of Central Parkway’s history. In a forthcoming post, I’ll delve deeper into the more recent history of this definitive border of OTR. Unless otherwise noted, all images are credited … Continue reading
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, flickr, vimeo, and stellar. 1. #THISISOTR – a simple, beautiful community … Continue reading
On May 29, conservative Cincinnati radio talk show host Bill Cunningham praised Over-the-Rhine for over three minutes on his show. Cunningham joins a growing list of local mainstream media outlets that have caught on to Over-the-Rhine’s renaissance. The person who manages the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation’s twitter account heard the comments on the air and then … Continue reading
As part of the OTR Brewery District‘s Master Plan, a coordinated strategy is proposed with eight main ideas. Two ideas are projects the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (BDCURC) will implement on its own. Three of the other ideas will be achieved through partnering, and the remaining three will be encouraged by the BDCURC. … Continue reading
The old Crown Furniture Company building has a new lease on life. Now known as Crown OTR, the building at 1739 Elm Street is located on the streetcar line and directly across the street from Findlay Market. Crown OTR’s facebook page describes itself as “One family’s personal journey through their contribution to the revitilization of a … Continue reading
*Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published under the title “The Gradual Detroitification of Cincinnati.” The term “Detroitification” was used to mean “hollowing out” or “demolition of urban fabric to make room for vacant lots.” In order to be clear and not perpetuate a negative term, the title of this piece was changed. The title … Continue reading
Streetfilms Workshop: When: May 30, 7pm – 9pm Where: Emery Theatre, 1112 Walnut St. 45202 Info: http://www.streetfilms.org/ Streetfilms Film Fest and Party: When: May 31, 8:30pm – 10:30pm Where: Emery Theatre, 1112 Walnut St. 45202 Info: http://www.streetfilms.org/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Submissions! If you’ve made a streetfilm (any theme, any length), e-mail email@example.com for info.
CEOs for Cities held its national meeting at the Contemporary Arts Center this week. The theme was “The City as a Start-Up.” This amazing video was produced to introduce the attendees to Cincinnati. It stars a little boy who lives on Orchard Street riding around Over-the-Rhine and downtown on his Prince Lionheart balance bike. “See … Continue reading
Brian Stuparyk of Steam Whistle Letterpress is the subject this short documentary. Learn more about Steam Whistle by visiting it at 1342 Main Street, visiting its website, signing up for a workshop, liking it on facebook, or reading this OTRview with Brian Stuparyk. Video produced by Matthew Dugger.
There is so much happening in Over-the-Rhine it’s nearly impossible to keep up with it all. Here’s a sampling of current events and things to look forward to: Tanya O’Rourke at WCPO Channel 9 reported on downtown Cincinnati’s rise. The three page story and accompanying video is indisputable proof that the secret is out. The … Continue reading
Arnold’s Bar and Grill, the city’s oldest tavern, is the first business in Cincinnati to be included in Google Maps Business Photos. Business Photos shares 360° views inside businesses as part of Google Street View. Owner and head chef Ronda Androski announced the news on the My Life At Arnold’s blog today. The photographs were taken … Continue reading
This Friday (tomorrow) is yet another Final Friday in Over-the-Rhine, and its set to be a great one. In addition to the standard Final Friday happenings, there are some unique offerings. First up is another edition of OTR Skate featuring You, You’re Awesome and Automagik. This takes place at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center from 8:00-11:00 pm. … Continue reading
Mayor Mark Mallory used his 2012 State of the City address to unveil design renderings of the Cincinnati Streetcar among other things. A color scheme has not been selected yet. It would be nice to see some elements of the city’s flag incorporated, however. UrbanCincy has a nice rundown of the entire address here. State of … Continue reading
Washington Park‘s progress is impressive, and the activity around the park is just as remarkable. Let’s take a virtual walk around Cincinnati’s second oldest park starting at 210 West 14th Street. The Symphony Hotel expansion and renovation is well underway. Keep up to date by connecting with the hotel and restaurant on facebook at facebook.com/symphonyhotel and on twitter … Continue reading
Two pictures from Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine yesterday. The first is Taste of Belgium bistro‘s new patio at 12th and Vine. The second is the street scene in front of Senate and the other restaurants and shops up the street. The Ferrari in the picture might be, in the words of 5chw4r7z, “Jay Bruce living … Continue reading
Spring in Our Steps has partnered with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to clean up Peete Alley in OTR at Vine Street this Saturday anytime between 9am and 3pm. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is providing supplies for the cleanup including gloves, bags, rakes, trowels, loppers, and SuperCans. The goal is to return Peete Alley to a walkable and … Continue reading
With (hazy) memories of Bockfest fresh in our memory, now is a good time to take a serious look the OTR Brewery District‘s future. Thankfully, the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. (BDCURC) has taken an important step toward that end by creating the 2011 Brewery District Master Plan. The plan was professionally prepared by glaserworks, a … Continue reading
Last Saturday, a group of photographers and bloggers was given a tour of a new loft project at 1304 Broadway and 400 E. 13th Street. Chris Reckman’s Urban Expansion is developing the spaces into four market rate apartments: one 3 bedroom, two 2 bedroom, and one 1 bedroom. 5chw4r7z explains the pricing: If you’re looking for something … Continue reading
Spring in Our Steps (connect on facebook and twitter) is: “a consortium of committed Cincinnati residents, who feel that forgotten pedestrian spaces can become some of the city’s best assets. The group initiates community-oriented projects in Cincinnati’s alleyways and city steps, as well as its most neglected sidewalks.” Spring in Our Steps (SiOS) is the brainchild of Christian … Continue reading
This is the second in a series about Cincinnati City Planning and Building Department’s Plan Build Live project. The first post in the series is here. Participate Citizen participation in the Plan Build Live matters. To participate and share your ideas, register or sign in via facebook at planbuildlivecincinnati.com. The first phase of Plan Build Live will culminate … Continue reading
This is the first in a series about Cincinnati’s Plan Build Live project. Plan Build Live is a project of the Department of Planning and Buildings made possible by a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Plan Build Live is the designed to bring citizens into the process of reviewing, … Continue reading
In this interview, Matt Bentley of On The Map interviews Jared Wayne and Sam Ginocchio of A Tavola Pizza:
Smart Growth America launched a new video interview series titled “Smart Growth Stories” with an interview of Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory. The essence of the series is this: Real people, real stories Why smart growth, and why now? That’s the question Smart Growth America is posing to elected officials and local community leaders as part … Continue reading
One week ago, I shared the following video on facebook (via Randy Simes from UrbanCincy.com) with the tagline “OK, who wants to make a sweet tilt shift video like this in Cincinnati?” And to my great surprise one week later, Justin Todhunter replied with “Challenge accepted” and posted the following tilt shift video of Cincinnati … Continue reading
Cincinnati’s startup community is hitting its stride tonight as the Cincinnati StartUp bus (one of only 10 nationally) launches from The Brandery for South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The Brandery is a seed stage venture accelerator (ranked top 10 nationally) located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine at 1411 Vine Street. While in Austin, … Continue reading
This is the second in a series of posts about civic design, iconography, and branding. Some of these ideas I’ve had for awhile, but now with GOOD Ideas for Cities coming to Cincinnati I figure it is a good time to share. The first post in this series was about Cincinnati’s own typeface. Read it here. The … Continue reading
This is the first in a series of posts about civic design, iconography, and branding. Some of these ideas I’ve had for awhile, but now with GOOD Ideas for Cities coming to Cincinnati I figure it is a good time to share. The question comes by way of Chattanooga, Tennessee where two out of the … Continue reading
Today marks a milestone in Cincinnati’s history: the opening of the Moerlein Lager House! Situated between Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium, downtown and the mighty Ohio, The Banks and Smale Riverfront Park, the Moerlein Lager House is positioned to become the newest jewel in the Queen City’s crown. The story makes it shine … Continue reading
Over-the-Rhine is staking its claim as Cincinnati’s restaurant mecca with a variety of high quality dining experiences. The long waits just to be seated at these establishments tell the story. OTR is in high demand. Wine Me, Dine Me has the scoop on Cincinnati Magazine‘s Top Ten restaurants of 2012 as well as Best New restaurants: … Continue reading
Brian Stuparyk of Steam Whistle Letterpress and Design is the subject of this OTRview. Stuparyk has mastered the art of letterpress printing and opened up shop at 1342 Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. His shop is showcase for a form of printing that is as much about art as it is about ink. The products he … Continue reading
Marc Wavra is an artist and photographer whose work resides at Studio 207 in the Pendleton Art Center. To view or purchase his work visit his website or facebook page, or better yet, stop in during Final Friday (this Friday) at the Pendleton Art Center from 6pm-10pm. The following works showcase Over-the-Rhine. Wavra’s work is also … Continue reading
Update: It should be noted that the two businesses (Bluestone Creative and Alias Imaging) behind The Queen City Project are based downtown. Three of the four businesses profiled so far (Shadeau Breads, Coffee Emporium, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) are located in Over-the-Rhine and the fourth (Arnold’s Bar and Grill) is in downtown. Soapbox Cincinnati, which is also … Continue reading
Editor’s note: The following is architect, developer and OTR resident Michael A. Uhlenhake‘s personal history of his past 20 years in Over-the-Rhine. It is an exceptional piece that portrays one man’s intimate interactions with Over-the-Rhine over the course of two consequential decades in Cincinnati history. We publish Mr. Uhlenhake’s story with great pride. All content and … Continue reading
The art collective Merge Invisible in Budapest, Hungary recently completed its Nefelejcs Project (Nefelejcs is the Hungarian word for the forget-me-not flower). Here is how the group described its project: “We live in Budapest, Hungary. The project was made in the 8th district, in an area of suspicoius reconstructions. Beautiful old buildings are demolished for … Continue reading
One year ago this week, 142 E. McMicken Ave. was being systematically demolished by Cincinnati Public Schools to make space for a couple dumpsters for the Rothenburg School which is under renovation. Lest we forget the story of 142 E. McMicken’s hasty destruction (click for a report by Danny Klingler of OTR ADOPT and myself). Its … Continue reading
I watched City Manager Milton Dohoney’s press conference this morning and live-tweeted his speech, but here is a summary of the budget he presented to the Mayor. The budget is balance, with no layoffs, no health clinic closures, and includes funding for nurses in the Cincinnati Public Schools. The projected deficit was over $33M, and … Continue reading
The OTR Holiday Gift Guide is out and it’s amazing. The Style Sample (a personal fav) designed and photographed the publication for the OTR Gateway Merchants Group. You can view it online at here and here or scroll through it below:
Cincy Style Edit has a post up about Sloane Boutique‘s grand opening party this weekend. Check it out here.
Lisa Bernard-Kuhn reports for the Enquirer that the city’s Historic Conservation Board voted 6-0 to “deny a recommendation for new designs for a four-story condominium and retail building in the 1300 block of Vine Street. The board also voted 4-2 to reject a recommendation for designs for new townhomes proposed along Mercer Street.” Regardless of the Historic … Continue reading
via Kaid Benfield at The Atlantic – Cities: But highly walkable and adjacent to downtown with buildings ripe for adaptive reuse, Over-the-Rhine is perfectly poised to become an exceptional example of restoration and redevelopmentwith a small environmental footprint. It is also a preservationist’s dream, containing the nation’s most impressive inventory of 19th-century Italianate architecture, along … Continue reading
How many scenes of OTR can you spot in this video from OFFF?
The Emery Theatre The Emery Theatre was built in 1911, and is considered an acoustically pure theatre. It is one of three sister buildings (along with Orchestra Halls in Chicago and Detroit) to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Cincinnati philanthropist, Mary Emery, bequeathed the entire Emery building to the city in memory of her late … Continue reading
Join Far-I-Rome Productions in collaboration with the Cincinnati Film Festival and the Cincinnati Rollergirls for the Halloween edition of the Final Friday OTR Skate! The fourth and final OTR Skate of 2011 takes place October 28, 2011 at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center, 1715 Republic St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. In the spirit of Halloween, costumes are … Continue reading
The entire city should be proud of the progress at Washington Park! Photos via 3CDC
…were kicked off with a surprise performance by Bootsy Collins! “Twinkle twinkle, baby! William “Bootsy” Collins just led hundreds of YOU in surprise singing! Thanks Yelp Cincinnati for the great picture!!” Photo via facebook.com/OTR.GatewayMerchants “Nice kick off to the MidPoint Music Festival‘s Midway and CAC singer songwriter stage at 12th and Vine in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati. William … Continue reading
If you are one of the millions of people who read Mashable and Gizmodo or are a savvy shopper at the Final Friday PopShop, then you already know about JackBacks. The idea behind the local business is simple: replace the back of iPhones with attractive wood that can be personalized. You can find JackBacks at jackbacks.com, facebook.com/jackbacks … Continue reading
Ensemble Theatre‘s upcoming pay-what-you-can preview performance of Next to Normal on Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the OTR Merchant Group to assist with marketing all the wonderful business and events going on in the neighborhood. Here’s more about how it works: Pay-what-you-want fine print: General admission seating for each preview is … Continue reading
The latest construction photos of Washington Park via flickr account washingtonparkotr and thanks to 3CDC. Become a fan of the park on facebook at facebook.com/WashingtonParkOTR, follow it on twitter @WashingtonPark, and check out its flickr group on flickr at flickr.com/groups/washingtonparkotr
via MPMF: New Video Amps Up MPMF11 MidPoint Music Festival enlisted the help of Dave Morrison and The Big Media Company to produce their promotional video for the 10th anniversary of this amazing Cincinnati event. This montage of downtown life helps people see a part of this city that is on the rise. Enjoy.
These beautiful pictures came my way thanks to krs of krstype.wordpress.com. krstype‘s tag line is “not the worst blog on the internet” and that’s true. In fact, it’s a rather refreshing read. Enjoy: The following photos were taken just off Main Street near Park + Vine: Thanks very much, krs!
Roger W. Smithson has these few pics to share of City Home II‘s progress:
It’s time again for Final Friday on Friday August 26. That means its time again also for the Final Friday OTR Skate at the Over-the-Rhine Rec Center. Below is the press release from Far-I-Rome Productions, who is presenting the event. It’s definitely a good time, and every should try to make it out! New features … Continue reading
Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, the award-winning author, German-American historian and President of the German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati, has authored a new book titled Over-the-Rhine Tour Guide: Cincinnati’s Historic German District, Over-the-Rhine, and Environs published by Little Miami Publishing Company of Milford, Ohio. While I cannot review the book yet as its currently being published, … Continue reading
Via KYpost.com: More than 180 bands will be showcased in 18 venues in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. Fourteen of the 18 stages and new festival features are in OTR this year, alone. Dan McCabe, MPMF Executive Producer, says the concentration in OTR acknowledges the area’s growth, particularly Vine Street’s Gateway Quarter, Main Street’s revival with … Continue reading
Duru Armagan is the proprietress of Sloane Boutique, a new store of women’s apparel and accessories at 1216 Vine Street. The location is a familiar one. 1216 Vine is between A Tavola Pizza and Cincy Haus: Tours and Store to the north and Senate restaurant and the soon-to-open Abigail Street to the south. Duru is a … Continue reading
Photos of Over-the-Rhine via Jayson Gomes of CincyImages.com View his photos on flickr here.
Via cincy two tire trips: Union Terminal to DeSales Corner in Cincinnati and includes views of the Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Music Hall, Queen City Underground, Coffee-Emporium, Metro, and the new bike lane on MLK. View a map of the ride here (map is not 100% accurate):
Actions-Behind the Scenes from Danielle Driehaus on Vimeo. “Cincinnati is so full of character; we wanted to draw on local resources and make use of as many amazing locations as possible” says Spencer van der Zee, bassist for The Upset Victory. “Our band is proud to call Cincinnati home.” For their second music video, “Actions,” … Continue reading
3CDC‘s phased approach at development in Over-the-Rhine is moving forward and leaving many successes along the way. To read the sources of the information shared in this post, check out 3CDC’s 2010-2011 Annual Progress Report and July 2011 Work Group Report at the end of this post. Other ongoing projects in Over-the-Rhine include Mercer Commons … Continue reading
In the 1888 book “Cincinnati in Wort und Bild” by Max Burgheim, there is mention of the Musik-Verein Halle. The Cincinnati Musik-Verein was formed in 1883 by the consolidation of the Maennerchor and the Germania. It is interesting to note that Mr. Burgheim’s book is in German and was printed at the M. & R. … Continue reading
In March of 1905, J.M. Nickes wrote the following in a piece titled “Land-Sculpting Displayed About Cincinnati” for The Teachers’ Bulletin, a monthly publication of the University of Cincinnati: The beauty and picturesqueness of Cincinnati’s situation are well known. The girdle of hills which has vainly striven to confine her within narrow limits is the … Continue reading
Galen G. Gordon is passionate about helping young people achieve their dreams through entrepreneurship. With that passion in mind, Galen teamed up with Kimberly Smith to found LAUNCHCincinnati. LAUNCH is a nonprofit dedicated to educating, mentoring and displaying positive examples of entrepreneurship. Connect with LAUNCHCincinnati on its website or facebook page. Read more about this … Continue reading
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:
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
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 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:
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
Learn more about 14th & Vine, located at 1331-35 Vine St., here. See other before and afters here.
The Know Theatre is installing a large marquee sign. Photos from the Know Theatre facebook page. Hat tip: CityBeat
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
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 Cincinnati.com has this to say about the show: “Queen City” follows four women – well-connected volunteer Tracey Lynn Conrad; University … Continue reading
All renderings of Mercer Commons are available on 3CDC.org You can also view them in this Mercer Commons flickr set
Connect with Abigail Street on facebook here. Learn more about in this article by Polly Campbell.
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
Frintz ends short of Mulberry but the Frintz Street steps continue up to Mulberry. Thanks to Brittany Skelton for sharing her photo.
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
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’s phase 1B Ribbon Cutting is Tuesday, July 19 at 10am. Photos via OTR Living and flickr users taestell and 5chw4r7z:
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
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
“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
Will be announced today at 5pm on this website!
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
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
Voting ends now! Results will be announced by the National Trust for Historic Preservation at noon tomorrow! More to come, but suffice it to say that I’m so proud of everyone and love Over-the-Rhine now more than ever. Unofficial results can be viewed here.
Vote for OTR here: http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/this-place-matters/community-challenge/places/over-the-rhine.html Voting ends at 5pm EST! If OTR places in the top 3, the OTR Foundation will win anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000. The Over-the-Rhine Foundation is on facebook and twitter. The following photos are from its facebook page:
It’s all up to you. OTR can still win this challenge but only if you make sure your contacts vote. In a stunning turn of events, the Friends of Dreamland Theatre from Little Rock, Arkansas have taken a substantial lead into first place with just hours left in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s This … Continue reading
OTR Foundation fights to save buildings like 142 E. McMicken with its Legal Defense Fund Vote before Thursday, June 30 to help OTR Foundation win $25,000 142 E. McMicken Avenue was an historic structure in Over-the-Rhine anchoring a highly intact 19th century streetscape. The building was owned by Cincinnati Public Schools, and for years preservationists … Continue reading
IHeartOTR.com is currently being used to spread the word about the Over-the-Rhine Foundation’s chance to win the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters” Community Challenge. After the competition ends, IHeartOTR.com will continue promoting our beloved little neighborhood. You’re allowed to vote once per email address in the Community Challenge. To that end, we are … Continue reading
Chris Seelbach is a candidate for Cincinnati City Council and, to the best of my knowledge, the only candidate who resides in Over-the-Rhine*. This OTRview expresses his personal views and positions as a resident and candidate for City Council. All candidates for city council are welcome to participate in OTRviews. If you or someone you … Continue reading
Washington Park continues to make amazing progress and stay on schedule despite less than ideal weather. Check out these photos courtesy of 3CDC. See updated renderings of Washington Park here. Learn more about Washington Park’s expansion and renovation here. You can also find it on facebook, twitter @WashingtonPark, and flickr. Imagine a heavily programmed public space … Continue reading
Japp’s Since 1879, a new bar on Main Street, had its soft opening yesterday. Here are some photos from its facebook page. Follow Japp’s on twitter @Japps1879 and don’t miss its grand opening tomorrow.
For more on the Lackman Lofts, go here. Before photo by flickr user 5chw4r7z who blogs at 5chw4r7z. After photo by flickr user TheReina5 who blogs at My Brain Is Leaking.
A band took to the underground in the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District yesterday to film part of an upcoming music video and JnicePHOTO and LW Photographics wer there to capture a few pics. The Upset Victory is currently producing the video for their song “Actions”. Check them out on facebook, on twitter @theupsetvictory, youtube, and myspace. Special thanks … Continue reading
The standings as of 5:00AM, June 20 are as follows (votes alone determine which organization wins the challenge but facebook “likes” are another, unofficial barometer): Wellington Ritz Theatre, Inc.: 2,939 votes and 690 facebook “likes” Over-the-Rhine: 2,761 votes and 1,733 facebook “likes” Enterprise Hometown Improvement: 2,706 votes and 250 facebook “likes” The Preservation Society of … Continue reading
Over-the-Rhine needs your help. Voting is quick and easy. The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s This Place Matters 2011 Community Challenge kicked off June 1 at 8am and will end at 11:59pm, June 30. 100 local preservation organizations nationwide were selected to compete. First, second and third places will win $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. … Continue reading
More on 14th and Vine can be found here.
Lavomatic Cafe at 1211 Vine Street
Returning to OTR is the Final Friday OTR Skate presented by Far-I-Rome Productions. On Friday June 24, the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center will be transformed in to a combination roller disco and art gallery. Two new DJs will be featured, Cincinnati’s very own DJ Mowgli and DJ Pillo. The art installation will include art from the … Continue reading
Mercer Commons and 1314 Vine Street are in the news again thanks to the attention of Lisa Bernard-Kuhn at the Enquirer. The entire article is worthy of your attention but this excerpt sums it up quite well: But now, the 131-year-old purple building simply has to go, 3CDC says. The space at 1314 Vine St. … Continue reading
The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2011 “This Place Matters” Community Challenge is underway! The Over-the-Rhine Foundation is one of only 100 local preservation organization in the competition. Anyone with an email may vote and the top three organizations will win $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. If you’re on facebook, you can attend, share and … Continue reading
Today, 1220 Vine Street is home to A TAVOLA PIZZA and next door is The Queen City Underground’s Cincy Haus at 1218 Vine. Before, 1220 Vine Street: And now an interior photo from Katie Clavey as it is today: And these wonderful shots by 5chw4r7z:
For more on Bremen, go here
The City Flea has a great roundup of photos from the Flea. Check them out here. The next Flea is July 9! The following collection of Flea photos is courtesy of LW Photographics
CycleCincy started as an idea and has blossomed since its launch earlier this year. We (I use “we” because I’m involved with CycleCincy) have several very exciting projects and partnerships underway and can’t wait to share all the details with you. From new infrastructure improvements to fun fundraisers, ride ideas and community art projects, things … Continue reading
For more info on Parvis Lofts, go here.
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The first City Flea was a big success. A big congrats and thank you are due to Nick and Lindsay Dewald! To learn more about The City Flea check out its website, facebook, twitter, this recent post on UrbanCincy and this blog’s OTRview II with co-founder Nick Dewald. First, a video from Walt Keys at … Continue reading
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Today at 2pm at the Emanuel Community Center you can experience a Blues crash course in swing dancing! All skill levels welcome. Find the Living History Dance Studio on facebook and twitter. Reply to the event on facebook here. The following was written by Mike Leggett (picture at left in the photo below). The Emanuel … Continue reading
The Go OTR 5K and Summer Celebration was May 21. Check out the following links for photos (and a cool timelapse) of the event: via grandman.net: Time-Lapse Test 006 “5K” from Walt Keys on Vimeo. via 5chw4r7z: via photo-cincy.com:
Fear not. That giant glowing orb in the sky is the sun which means it’s perfect weather to visit Ohio’s oldest continuously operating public market. Photos of Findlay Market by photographer and OTR resident James Jenkins:
When a gap appears between two buildings in OTR, a number of things could happen to it. It could become a barren parcel, a parking lot, a garden or it could be replaced with a new building. Plenty of such “opportunity lots” already exist in OTR and many have been put to good use, be … Continue reading
Two photos of OTR children playing in the neighborhood. The first was taken by Nick Thomas during this year’s Go OTR 5K and Summer Celebration. His thoughts on covering OTR and the event are worth a read and can be found at his photo website photo-cincy.com 5chw4r7z’s post on the event informs us that some … Continue reading
Share panoramic photos with the free Photosynth app for iPhone. It’s very simple as you can see at this link. Here’s a video introduction: A longer post on this and other mapping goodness coming soon.
Vine Street has two new residents, A Tavola Pizza bar + trattoria and The Cincy Haus. Here are two photos of the new businesses in the 1200 block of Vine Street. A Tavola Pizza is opening sometime in the next week or so! Photo credit to Katie Clavey (find on twitter @KatieClaveyMMX) And here’s an … Continue reading
More info about Matt W Moore’s time in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati can be found here.
For more info on Losantiville at 1311 Main St. in OTR and its collaborators, check out its website: losantivilleltd.com Video via 7/79 Ltd. and Soapbox Media: Losantiville from Soapboxmedia.com on Vimeo.
118 years ago today, the Samuel Hannaford-designed Cincinnati City Hall was dedicated with a parade, speeches, music, masses of flowers, and spectacular fireworks in the evening. Here’s a link to some City Hall trivia. It’s only appropriate though since today is 5/13 in the 513. On twitter, you can follow tweets about #513day using that … Continue reading
Check out the Over-the-Rhine group on Flickr and consider adding your shots of OTR to the map for all the world to see. Over-the-Rhine, a group on Flickr. OTR on flickr.
With Spring comes TONS of stuff to do! Since May is also Bike Month, which means even MORE to do! Below is a compilation of events going on in Cincinnati that are occurring in OTR. If we’ve overlooked an event, please leave a comment with the event and details! Tuesday May 10, 2011 Cincinnati Fashion … Continue reading
Micah Paldino is the subject of the sixth OTRview. Micah is the founder of PR firm PB&J (Public Relations, Branding & Jabber) and has been responsible for a host of creative public relations campaigns for several of Cincinnati’s most dynamic companies and organizations. Micah is also an active participant in OTR’s revival. Professionally, he has … Continue reading
With remarkable regularity, something spectacular happens in Over-the-Rhine. I’ve been awestruck by the work of muralist and designer Matt W. Moore since I first discovered him. He’s been in residence at YES Gallery on Main Street in OTR this month and his XYZ Axis exhibition opens there this Final Friday, April 29 6:00pm-11:00pm. Instead of … Continue reading
This Friday April 29, 2011, is another monthly Final Friday. A new event, Final Friday OTR Skate, will also be taking place in conjunction with the regular Final Friday festivities. Far-I-Rome Productions created the event as part of their overall effort to create “events [that] bridge the gap between audiences and performers by bringing together … Continue reading
Yesterday, I had the chance to tweet with Steve Mouzon, who is one of my favorite authors, thinkers, and architects. Steve’s book The Original Green: Unlocking the Mystery of True Sustainability is an absolute must-read. The original green is “’the sustainability all our great-grandparents knew by heart.” Steve is also a principal of the New Urban … Continue reading
Today, we proudly bring to you an OTRview with Jerome Gels, founder of American Legacy Tours which operates the Queen City Underground Tour, Newport Gangster Tour, Cincinnati Civil War Tour, The Queen City is Haunted Tour, Newport is Haunted, and others. Jerry’s personal history is intertwined with the history of OTR and the city. Professionally, … Continue reading
This picture captures the old world charm of Over-the-Rhine. Literally footsteps away from towering skycrapers, major international corporations, and a thoroughly modern city, OTR provides a beautiful contrast with its village-like charm and historic streetscapes. Cheers to Over-the-Rhine!
Requiem Project Emery Theatre Cincinnati Spring 2011 Viewpoints Performance Workshop with Mary Overlie hosted by The Requiem Project: Emery Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio May 23-June 11 This three-week performance workshop offers the rare opportunity to study with Viewpoints originator, Mary Overlie, and performance artist Scott Lyons. Program Summary: This performance-art workshop investigates and utilizes specific … Continue reading
Check out this great deal on Groupon! Two Tickets to Civil War Tour ($30 Value) for $15
Weekly project updates available here. Still wondering about that new statue on Music Hall’s center peak.
Park + Vine. Find them on facebook and twitter. Photo by James Jenkins: with a bike corral out front:
In a nod to Cincinnati’s deep German and musical heritage, Christian Moerlein Brewing Company‘s newest beer appears to be a Moerlein Saengerfest Maibock Lager. The label is a beautiful painting by Cincinnati artist Jim Effler showing Music Hall, a maypole in Washington Park and a chorus of singing Germans. For more information, check out the … Continue reading
D. Lynn Meyers is the Producing Artistic Director at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (ETC) located at 1127 Vine Street in the Gateway Quarter of Over-the-Rhine. ETC is the second largest professional theatre in the Cincinnati region and is now celebrating its 25th anniversary in OTR. During the April 2001 “civil disturbance”, CNN used the … Continue reading
Everyone loves a puzzle. In this case it’s a word jumble that hides the name of Daniel Wright’s new restaurant in the Gateway Quarter next to Senate. Can you figure out the name of new OTR restaurant? Photo courtesy of James Jenkins, view more of his work on carbonmade
Cincinnati is a particularly distinct city. Its unique cultural traits, institutions and traditions make it a superbly charming place to live and visit. Events such as Bockfest, The May Festival, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Tall Stacks, et. al. are some of the Queen City’s favorite annual events. But only one has the potential to become a full-fledged … Continue reading
Over-the-Rhine was voted the best neighborhood in Citybeat’s 2011 Best of Cincinnati. A great big THANK YOU to all who support OTR. The honor is humbling and exciting but those who love and labor to make it a possibility are those most deserving of accolades.
It’s always a joy to stumble upon blogs by Over-the-Rhine residents. AO in OTR is the most recent addition to the OTR-blogosphere. AO is Andrew Oehlerking who lives with his wife and dog in OTR on Republic Street. Recently, Andrew took his dog Sasha for a walk and chronicled it in pictures. His flickr account … Continue reading
Here is Vine Street as it looks today. The four city blocks visible in this photo used to be abandoned, neglected and deteriorating. Now, they’re restored and several large infill projects have replaced unsightly lots and structures. Thanks to photographer James Jenkins for sharing his work. View his more of his photos on flickr and … Continue reading