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At the center of change in Cincinnati sits Over-the-Rhine. As more and more residents and visitors rediscover the charms of OTR, most are delighted to find a neighborhood rich in art, history and community. Architectural treasures like Music Hall and Memorial Hall sit side by side with new resources like the School for Performing Arts and Washington Park in this neighborhood that's been heralded as a national leader in urban transformation. Vine street is the area's hot spot as an eclectic array of restaurants and shops take hold next to the Ensemble and Know theaters. And the first leg of the city's new streetcar project is coming to life in the heart of OTR. The community's remarkable 19th-century buildings feature one of the largest collections of Italianate architecture and provide a dramatic background to the diverse residents that call OTR home.



Cincinnati talks sex in city planning during recent Speaker Series

The Oct. 12 urban planning Soapbox speaker series at UC's Niehoff Urban Studio focused on community efforts to make the city's shared public spaces more friendly, accessible and conducive to mingling.

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Sixty exhibitions from CAC to CAM at FotoFocus biennial

Sixty FotoFocus exhibitions and over 100 events opened at the photography and lens-based 2016 art biennial, “The Undocument,” which started Oct. 1 and runs through January.

This year's Oktoberfest moved to an area between Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm.

Soapdish: Three fall festivals relocate to mixed reviews

A look back on three September festivals — Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic and MidPoint Music Festival — that changed locations this year with varying degrees of success.


"Urban" and "green" lead the way in Cincinnati home design, say local architectural leaders

2016 CRAN Awards celebrate the knowledge, education and aesthetic sense that architects bring to residential projects, especially in the remodeling sector thanks to growing interest in urban living.


Soapdish: Historic Pendleton springs back to life with influx of development

Often overshadowed by white-hot development next door in Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton is steadily coming into its own as one of the urban basin's next (cliche alert) "hot neighborhoods."


Going Green: Collective Impact connects at-risk residents to cleaner air and healthier food

Green Umbrella unites more than 300 businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies to improve Greater Cincinnati sustainability efforts, thanks to the Collective Impact model.  


Reporting for Duty: How Derek Bauman became Cincinnati's unlikely public transit spokesman

A career police officer working in Mason rediscovered his urban roots as the Cincinnati Streetcar project faced its biggest challenges, and now they're both on the track to "turning points."

Marianne Hamilton

Food innovation scene helps feed Cincinnati's urban renaissance

For many, the entrepreneurial explosion across Cincinnati’s urban core (especially in Over-the-Rhine) is driven as much by food innovators as it is by startups.

surface parking lots

Soapdish: A paving paradise in Cincinnati's urban core

Fun fact: Downtown surface parking lots silently suck the life out of everything good about our city's urban renaissance while making their rich owners even richer!


NewCo Cincinnati showcases opportunity, inspires innovation, builds bridges

Organizers set the bar high for the second annual NewCo "inside-out" conference, attracting more than 900 attendees to 95 host companies across Greater Cincinnati.

John Battelle

Co-founder of NewCo gives behind-the-scenes look at the whys and hows of the conference

John Battelle and Brian Monahan founded NewCo in 2012 because they were tired with the traditional conference model. Cincinnati will host its own NewCo event on July 21, featuring 95 companies from around the area.

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Soapdish: Stairways from the past lead Cincinnati to a more connected future

The new city budget offers $250,000 to support Cincinnati's historic stairways on our famous hills, the first funding in years, but once again we're missing an opportunity to celebrate what makes Cincinnati unique.


Growing the Pie: How Cintrifuse & Greater Cincinnati Foundation teamed to boost StartupCincy

Leading investment and philanthropic funders have been testing a unique partnership to see if they can find new sources of local money for area startups.


The Science of Growth: Venture capitalist's new book studies why some startups change the world

Why do some companies fail and others flourish? A venture capitalist and Ohio native talks about the practices that fueled some of the most successful startups in recent history.


Celebrating the "ones who stayed" to reinvent struggling Rust Belt cities

Writer David Giffels, speaking Thursday night at a free Mercantile Library event, celebrates those fighting to bring back struggling old cities in "The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt."
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Over-the-Rhine Founders

Allison Hines, Butcher Betties

Allison Hines, Butcher Betties

City: Over-the-Rhine
John Sebastian Illustration

John Sebastian Illustration

City: Over-the-Rhine
Bertie Ray III, Switch

Bertie Ray III, Switch

City: Over-the-Rhine
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