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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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History Repeats Itself: Why we tear down 150-year-old buildings in historic districts

Cincinnati's historic architecture sets us apart from and puts us ahead of peer cities, yet city leaders continue to allow the demolition of historic protected buildings. We must demand better.

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Healing a Scar: Debate continues over too-wide, too-busy Liberty Street

City officials and neighborhood residents consider options to narrow Liberty Street, reconnect north and south Over-the-Rhine and calm traffic, but the almighty auto is poised to dominate as always.

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How Sister Judy Tensing became Cincinnati's unlikeliest entrepreneur

Venice on Vine is the grandchild of a job-training initiative Sister Judy Tensing helped start 30 years ago, and the unlikely entrepreneur has been serving pizza topped with love and empowerment ever since.

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SVP Fast Pitch finalists share innovative solutions for a better Cincinnati

Social Venture Partners Cincinnati hosted its third annual Fast Pitch competition last week, when eight nonprofits shared their stories in front of judges and a sold-out crowd eager to hear about new social innovations.

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Soapdish: Lots of talk, little action on new downtown grocery store

Cincinnati drawing boards are suddenly awash in "downtown grocery store" concepts, but they remain much ado about nothing. Meanwhile, urbanistas make do as we always have.

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Lynn Meyers keeps figuring out what's next for Ensemble Theatre and Over-the-Rhine

As Ensemble Theatre celebrates its 30th birthday and confirms its expansion plans, Lynn Meyers reflects on OTR's resurgence as a "great metaphor for life."

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Arts + tech + creativity = Cincinnati's first Tidal hackathon

ArtsWave and Cintrifuse lead a unique collaboration to launch Tidal: Art + Tech Challenge April 8-10, gathering local creatives for a weekend hackathon to help Cincinnati arts organizations.

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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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Over-the-Rhine Founders

Allison Hines, Butcher Betties

Allison Hines, Butcher Betties

City: Over-the-Rhine

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John Sebastian Illustration

City: Over-the-Rhine

Bertie Ray III, Switch

Bertie Ray III, Switch

City: Over-the-Rhine

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