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Celebrating Independence Day in Over-the-Rhine

The Drinkery party

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

Final Friday – June 2012

Washington Park Grand Opening (3)

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

Glimpses of the new Washington Park

Washington Park (1)

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 Bellevue Incline and Elm Street Steps

Bellevue Incline streetcar steps

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

OTR Captured: Danise


Washington Park Grand Opening Celebrations and Free Concerts

Washington Park 3 15 11 COLOR view 4

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

OTR is Ready to Rock And Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl

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

Canal, Subway, Parkway: The History of Cincinnati’s Central Parkway in Images

Cincinnati canal Central Parkway (1)

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

OTR Update: This Is OTR

OTR Summer Celebration 2012 via thecityflea.com

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

Bill Cunningham Praises Progress in OTR

OTR by 5chw4r7z

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

Brewery District Heritage Trail to Become Reality

Cincinnati Brewery Map

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 Crown OTR Revitalization

Crown OTR, pic via CPA

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

The Gradual Hollowing Out of Urban Cincinnati

305 W Fifth St Cincinnati

*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

2012 Cincinnati Streetfilms Film Festival

Cincinnati Streetfilms Film Festival

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: cincystreetfilms@gmail.com Submissions! If you’ve made a streetfilm (any theme, any length), e-mail cincystreetfilms@gmail.com for info.

OTR Update: See Cincinnati With New Eyes

Smale Riverfront Park by Mark Stegman

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

Steam Whistle Letterpress Short Documentary

Steam Whistle Letterpress

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.

OTR Updates

Mike Perry mural OTR Cincinnati

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 Is First Cincinnati Location Featured on Google Business Photos

Arnold's Bar and Grill on Street View 5

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

OTR on a sunny May afternoon

OTR on a sunny May afternoon, photo by Jens G Rosenkrantz Jr

Final Friday OTR – April 2012


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

Cincinnati Streetcar Designs Released at 2012 State of City

Cincinnati Streetcar Design Renderings (4)

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

A Walk Around Washington Park

Washington Park

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

Friday on Vine in OTR

Taste of Belgium patio

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 Cleanup III: Peete Alley at Vine Street

Spring in Our Steps

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

OTR Brewery District Master Plan: “A Strategy for Repopulating Our Neighborhood”

Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Master Plan (1)

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

Broadway Lofts Tour

Digging Cincinnati History - 1304 Broadway Lofts (5)

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: A Citywide Initiative to Take Back Pedestrian Infrastructure

N. Wendell Alley steps

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

Plan Build Live: Your Ideas Matter

Plan Build Live Cincinnati

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

Form-Based Codes: A Paradigm Shift in Cincinnati Planning

Plan Build Live

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

On the Map interviews A Tavola

On The Map interviews A Tavola

In this interview, Matt Bentley of On The Map interviews Jared Wayne and Sam Ginocchio of A Tavola Pizza:

Smart Growth America Interviews Mayor Mallory

Smart Growth Stories

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

Tilt Shift Cincinnati

Tilt Shift Cincinnati by Justin Todhunter (9)

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 Startup Community Heading SXSW

Downtown Cincinnati by Aaron Davidson

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

Civic Iconography: Raising The Queen City’s Standard

Flag of Cincinnati

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

Could Cincinnati Benefit from Its Own Typeface?

Schoenling sign typeface, photo via 5chw4r7z

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

Moerlein Lager House Grand Opening

Moerlein Lager House Cincinnati (8)

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 Cincinnati’s Restaurant Hot Spot

Nicola's Restaurant Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati (1)

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

OTRview XV: Brian Stuparyk of Steam Whistle Letterpress and Design

Steam Whistle Letterpress and Design (1)

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

The Art and Photography of Marc Wavra

Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati by Marc Wavra (4)

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

The Queen City Project

The Queen City Project

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

OTRview XIV: Michael A. Uhlenhake – Architect, Developer and OTR Resident

Michael A. Uhlenhake by Christopher Rumer

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 Forget-Me-Not Murals: Memorializing Demolished Buildings Through Paint


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

Lest we forget…142 E. McMicken

142 E. McMicken Ave. before senseless demolition by Cincinnati Public Schools

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

Cincinnati’s 2012 Budget is Balanced & Avoids layoffs

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

Shop Local OTR Gift Guide 2011

Shop Local

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:

Sloane Boutique Grand Opening

Sloane Boutique

Cincy Style Edit has a post up about Sloane Boutique‘s grand opening party this weekend. Check it out here.

Historic Conservation Board Rejects Mercer Commons Design

Mercer Commons OTR (3)

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

How Cincinnati Defeated the Streetcar Haters … Again

Cincinnati-Streetcar-on-Main-Street via Urban Cincy

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

OFFF Cincinnati 2011

OFFF Cincinnati

How many scenes of OTR can you spot in this video from OFFF?


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