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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.



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.


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.


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.


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.

Kirby School

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.

AAC President John Sullivan

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.

casey coston

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.


Downtown Cincinnati Inc. to host All-Ohio BID Conference

Fresh off a successful experience with the MLB All Star Game, Cincinnati will host the All-Ohio Business Improvement District Conference for the first time Aug. 5-6.


Soapdish: Why can't Cincinnati have nice things like bike lanes?

Recent rumblings out of City Hall have labeled Central Parkway’s protected bike lane a "disaster" that should be "scrapped." Just because Cincinnatians are terrible drivers? Really?

Trailer Estates manufactured home in Sarasota, Fla.

The return of the pre-fab home

Millennials looking to buy their first homes and Boomers looking to downsize find factory-built or manufactured housing to be a good alternative that offers affordable, sturdy and green living. 


Ode to Joy: When Rachel Roberts found yoga, she found a path to success

After Rachel Roberts bounced around from job to job, she found her calling in yoga, which led to a career path as founder of The Yoga Bar. Now she helps others find their own calling.

Torie Wiggins

Why Torie Wiggins fell in love with Cincinnati's "embrace of the arts"

Torie Wiggins came to UC to train as a performer, heading to New York City after graduation. But 15 years later she's made her home back here and built a full acting and teaching career in Cincinnati.

Lauren Mancini

Dreams Do Come True: Lauren Mancini and the victory of tenacity

It was nothing short of remarkable when Lauren Mancini stepped onto the stage as Valedictorian of the Art Academy of Cincinnati Class of 2015. Her very presence among the graduating class was the culmination of a steep uphill climb personally and academically, a dream come true.


All eyes on All Star Game events and activities

The nation's eyes turn to Cincinnati as we welcome the Major League Baseball All Star Game back to town. Here's a rundown of the official ASG events as well as related baseball activities and general festivities.
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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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