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Over-the-Rhine

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.

Features

Linda Holterhoff

How Linda Holterhoff has improved Cincinnati's neighborhoods for over 20 years

As she prepares for retirement, Linda Holterhoff reflects on how Keep Cincinnati Beautiful has grown and changed under her leadership and what it takes to build a clean and safe community.

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Top 10 trends & newsmakers on our radar for 2016

Turn and face the strange changes that 2016 will bring to Greater Cincinnati, thanks to these 10 stories waiting to be told.

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A year of bringing abandoned buildings back to life

Over the past year Soapbox followed local redevelopment projects at historic buildings and abandoned sites, including efforts by a countywide program to target new housing. Here’s a roundup with updates.

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Dedicated individuals and organizations drove local education success in 2015

Amazing people invested their hearts, souls, time and generosity to improve the region’s education efforts throughout 2015. Here are their stories.    

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2015 was a huge year for Cincinnati innovation

We recap Soapbox’s 2015 innovation and entrepreneurship coverage in order to stand back and marvel at the startup community's collective accomplishments while getting ready for more to come.

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ArtsWave: Arts are "an absolute necessity" for Cincinnati growth and vibrancy

ArtsWave's new Blueprint for Collective Action is aiming to ensure that Cincinnati's amazing arts will support the vibrant regional economy and enable a more connected community.

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Top Soapbox stories of 2015

Before the expected avalanche of "year in review" lists and features, we offer this stroll down memory lane to reconnect you with the biggest Soapbox stories of 2015.

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Resurrection Part 2: More local churches find useful second lives

Following a run on abandoned churches being restored to new life, we peek inside the Southgate House Revival in Newport and The Monastery and Church of the Assumption in Walnut Hills.

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Creating a walkable city means restricting urban driving, reviving stairs & alleys

Two events this weekend highlight the opportunity to boost Cincinnati's urban core "one step at a time" through pedestrian-friendly planning and growth.

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Abdullah Powell of Elementz: Cincinnati's youth are "a gift," not a problem

"I think one of the most important things Elementz shows participants is that they are valued," says Abdullah Powell, creative director of downtown's urban arts center who helps connect Cincinnati youth with the larger world.

casey coston

Soapdish: A September of festivals to remember

September in Cincinnati's urban basin has emerged as a never-ending blowout festival celebration, so I took in its three biggies on consecutive weekends: the nascent Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic, the pubescent MidPoint Music Festival and the sprawling, middle-aged Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

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My Soapbox: Brad Schnittger launches MusicLi at MidPoint

After a nine-month journey as a People's Liberty Haile Fellowship grantee, Brad Schnittger officially unveils his MusicLi music licensing platform at this weekend's MidPoint Music Festival. Here's what it all means.

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Large renovation projects taking shape in Northside, Covington and OTR

The fifth installment of a Soapbox series focusing on building redevelopment looks at three large projects in Greater Cincinnati's urban core: new housing in Covington and Northside and a new innovation hub in Over-the-Rhine.

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The Art Academy's 10 years in OTR a story of potential realized but not yet fulfilled

After 10 years at 12th & Jackson Streets, the Art Academy of Cincinnati has in some ways given more to Over-the-Rhine — and the city — than it's received in return. But a decade of urban pioneering provides the school a new edge and a positive outlook.

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Soapdish: What you get in an urban home, from $20k to $2.5m

Greater Cincinnati real estate has always been considered a "steal" when you compare how much house you get here for the money vs. other cities. How far does your home-buying dollar go these days? Glad you asked.
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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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