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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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If Not Me, Who?: Social entrepreneur Derrick Braziel answers the call

"Every person has the ability to change the world," says Derrick Braziel, 28, who puts his words into action through MORTAR's mentorship of low-income, minority or other "non-traditional" entrepreneurs.

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Why the arts need to invest in innovation

"Ideas are like commodities," says arts fundraiser and consultant Scott Provancher. "Everyone has them. But, like a commodity, the real value is what you make of it. You need discipline and help." The March 4 smART Summit will prod local arts leaders to embrace innovation to make ideas a reality.

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More Social Innovation: Making lives better, one job at a time

"It's meant a lot to me to find a job where I live," says long-time Over-the-Rhine resident DeShawn Ashley, who works at Holtman's Donuts and Washington Park. "I was down here for the rough times, and now it's the good times."

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Social Innovation: Why some new OTR businesses look to hire neighborhood residents

Some bash Over-the-Rhine redevelopment as "gentrification," others do something about it. See why new OTR businesses are purposefully hiring from the neighborhood, improving the community as they improve their bottom lines.

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Soapdish: A taproom tourist surveys Cincinnati's craft beer options

Shortly after the new year arrives, so do Cincinnati Beer Week, Cincy Winter Beerfest and the almighty Bockfest, which can mean just one thing: It’s Beer Season! To celebrate, I offer a highly subjective sampling of what our region has to offer in the burgeoning world of craft beer and taproom tourism.

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OTR's Latin School for Boys raises the bar, demands high standards

St. Peter Claver Latin School for Boys builds character and provides a rigorous education for 27 students in the Over-the-Rhine community. "There will be no excuses," says Headmaster Jonathan Love.

March 29: Jenny Robb, Curator of Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Get Smart: Women Helping Women's Sunday Salons are a win for everyone

Women Helping Women is hoping to make you smarter while looking for a little help themselves. Their Sunday Salon series kicks off this weekend, offering amazing speakers in intimate settings in cool private homes — more importantly, it's one of the nonprofit's two annual fundraisers.

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My Soapbox: P.G. Sittenfeld, Cincinnati City Council

If there’s one individual in Cincinnati who embodies the calendar's January transition from past to future, it has to be City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld. Just 30, he has his finger on the pulse of today's defining urban trends while looking to possible statewide (and even national) office.

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15 for '15: Big ideas driving Cincinnati forward in the new year

Here are 15 big ideas for Greater Cincinnati in 2015 that, if achieved, will accelerate the region's forward momentum. They're certainly doable given the winds of change moving Cincinnati in the right direction.

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Rothenberg garden a source of connection, pride and growth for OTR students, community

Rothenberg Preparatory Academy's roof-top garden serves multiple roles, from educational experience to salad bar provider to community building.

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Top Soapbox stories of 2014

We've checked our Google Analytics once, checked them twice, and here are the top 10 most popular Soapbox stories published in 2014 based on page views. Join us as we go truckin' down memory lane.

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Ryan Messer: New kind of leader for a new Over-the-Rhine

New leaders have emerged in a changing Over-the-Rhine, but none are as visible and dedicated as Ryan Messer.

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Changing people's careers 3 months at a time

People’s Liberty Residencies are tapping into one of society’s most underutilized resources: young talent. The results could shape careers and even transform Greater Cincinnati.

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The Art of Ordinary Life: Why storytelling nights are suddenly everywhere

In our hyperconnected, digital age, people hunger for real stories. In Cincinnati, Cleveland and elsewhere, storytelling nights are growing thanks to the popularity of The Moth, This American Life and other programs that elevate life to art.

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8 Cincinnati area buildings are coming back to life

A new Soapbox series focuses on building redevelopment. In part 1, writer Caitlin Koenig dives into Greater Cincinnati’s past and offers a peek at what these eight buildings are blossoming into.
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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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