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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 new hot spot as an eclectic array of restaurants and shops take hold next to the Ensemble and Know Theatres. And the first leg of the city's new streetcar project is coming to life in the heart of OTR. The community's remarkable nineteenth-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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OTR couple transforms home into music venue

At first glance, 213 Orchard St. is simply a beautiful, two-story brick home nestled in historic Over-The-Rhine. But throughout the year, music lovers Liz and John McEwan transform the first-floor library of their home into the 213 Listening Room — a private venue for concerts, film screenings and poetry readings. 

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Local architect dishes on downtown restaurant design

Don Beck has designed some of Cincinnati's most eye-catching restaurants and bars, from Kaze to Nada to The Righteous Room. The local architect shares his insights on setting the stage for Cincinnati hotspots.

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Cincinnati Opera is going mobile

The Cincinnati Opera has embarked on an innovative outreach project called the Opera Express, which could bring a fully staged opera to a shopping center or festival near you.

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Downtown living options on the rise

Suburbanites and young profesionals alike are embracing downtown Cincinnati living, with housing stock filling up faster than anticipated. That demand is driving up prices, but there are four new options on the horizon offering some less expensive units for those who wish to live and work in the urban core.

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My Soapbox: James Jenkins, Art on Vine

James Jenkins is the creator of Art on Vine, a monthly event that showcases the city's artists and benefits local nonprofits.

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Two formerly homeless Cincinnatians tell their stories

Meet Ronnie and Willa, two Cincinnati residents who have faced what 25,000 people in the city experience each year: homelessness. Here they share their stories in video.

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How two years in Cincinnati has shaped the first class of Venture for America fellows

The 2012 class of Venture for America fellows wraps up its two-year commitment with Cincinnati startups this summer. Find out what they've learned, how they've changed and what's on the horizon for each of them.

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The battle for talent: What cities are doing to attract urban professionals

For today's top talent, the job market is only one thing to consider when choosing where to live. Urban professionals also want a vibrant city to plug into, a creative place where they can network with other smart people and a dynamic place where they can find their next job.

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My Soapbox: Zan McQuade, The Cincinnati Anthology

"The Cincinnati Anthology" is a collection of essays about the Queen City, written by Cincinnatians from many walks of life. Get an inside look from editor Zan McQuade.

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The case for a more immigrant-friendly, diverse Cincinnati

Recently, the Brandery, a nationally top-10 ranked business accelerator located in Over-the-Rhine, hosted a fast-paced roundtable discussion on global talent attraction, immigration reform and the need for a more diverse Cincinnati. 

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Bike Month highlights Cincy's burgeoning bike culture

With more than 100 events planned in celebration of National Bike Month, and a series of bike-related projects and programs on the horizon, Cincinnati’s bicycling culture is starting to boom.  

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My Soapbox: Kurt Platte, OTR architect and designer

Because of his extensive work in the neighborhood, local architect Kurt Platte could be considered the architect of the "new Over-the-Rhine." His eponymous firm, Platte Architecture + Design, is located in the heart of OTR just blocks away from many of the projects he's completed over the last decade.

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My Soapbox: Eddy Kwon of The Happy Maladies

Six years as a band has given The Happy Maladies time to understand what works without losing their spontanaeity. Eddy Kwon, the band's violinist and vocalist, spoke with Soapbox about the band's current endeavors to support their new LP and collaborative project, "Must Love Cats."

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My Soapbox: Artist and musician Dylan Speeg

Dylan Speeg's illustration style has been compared with Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, while his music is a glamorous mixture of Delta Blues and Django Reinhardt. Find out what keeps this hardworking artist moving.

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Mayor Cranley: A Soapdish progress report

Soapdish columnist Casey Coston turns a critical eye on Cincinnnati Mayor John Cranley's first 100 days in office and urges the new administration to do better when it comes to the streetcar, parking and downtown development.
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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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