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Evanston / Norwood

The second most populous city in Hamilton County, Norwood is surrounded on all sides by the City of Cincinnati and has grown beyond its early industrial roots to become an ideal neighborhood for young professionals to purchase their first homes. Adjacent to neighboring Xavier University in Evanston and Hyde Park to the east (Rookwood Commons & Pavilion's upscale shopping options are actually in the 'Wood'), Norwood's revamped older homes and tree-lined streets are complemented by beloved family-owned restaurants like Sorrento's and Quatman Cafe and countless small corner taverns to dive in for a drink. Norwood is also the home of the Hamilton County Business Center, which includes a business incubation program that helps entrepreneurs launch and build successful companies.

Perhaps Evanston's best kept secret could be that it housed influential music label King Records, whose integrated business model released bluegrass and country from the Stanley Brothers, and classic rhythm and blues from Hank Ballard, Little Willie John and, most famously, James Brown. Now this tight knit residential community is better known for its strong educational opportunities from Pre-K to PhD. It's the home of Xavier University and nationally ranked Walnut Hills High School—and the American Red Cross's new headquarters and training center in Keystone Park.  

O'Bryonville's quaint collection of shops and restaurants, which sit partly in Evanston, benefit from adjacent Hyde Park and East Walnut Hills. Stop by the neighborhood's Five Points' business district to check out Cincinnati's own version of New York's iconic Flat Iron Building, a bustling, modern recreation center and a new residential development called St. Ambrose. Nearby Owl's Nest Park is a green oasis with modern courts and a busy ball field for this family-centric community.

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CPA lauds projects preserving the urban fabric, identity of Cincinnati

At its annual meeting on Nov. 13, the Cincinnati Preservation Association announced the winners of its 2016 Preservation Awards. Twelve commercial and residential projects around Greater Cincinnati received awards.

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Stronger Faster: How Collective Impact puts Cincinnati at the forefront of social change

Collective Impact is championed by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation working closely with seven independent "backbone" organizations to reinforce each other's efforts and get everyone rowing in the same direction.

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Water World: Sam Hatchett's software breakthrough impacts Cincinnati, Flint and beyond

Local environmental engineer's new technology helps water utilities understand what's really happening in their miles of underground pipes, not a far leap from his "maker" childhood experiences.

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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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Loud and Proud: King Records comes back to life

As efforts to save the original King Records studio in Evanston remain in flux, new educational efforts led by nearby Xavier University keep the King legacy alive.

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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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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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Building Engaged Communities: Why Xavier is promoting the cooperative movement

Cincinnati's role in the cooperative movement is rapidly expanding. Over the next year, by teaming up with a number of co-op organizations around town, Xavier University will host a three-part conference to spread the word; the first event is Nov. 12.

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Hitsville vs. Soulsville: How Detroit and Memphis are embracing their soul music heritage

There were two rival labels and cities that defined soul music in the public consciousness, Hitsville (Detroit) and Soulsville (Memphis). What can those cities' efforts to preserve and embrace their music heritage teach Cincinnati?

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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.

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Renovated housing developments bring new residents to Evanston and Covington

The fourth installment of a Soapbox series focusing on building redevelopment looks at creative residential rehabs in long-ignored sections of Evanston in Cincinnati and Shotgun Row in Covington.

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Area leaders to convene Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit May 1

The May 1 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will bring thought leaders from across the region to Cincinnati to exchange ideas on the future of sustainability here and across the country. It's the first year Northside's Green Umbrella Alliance has expanded its annual conference to provide a forum for collaboration among nearby city leaders.

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Soapdish: Cincinnati Neighborhood Summit tries to erase boundaries, promote partnerships

Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods are a patchwork quilt of different sizes, shapes, allegiances and demographics cobbled together into a diverse and sometimes non-cohesive unit. The 2015 Neighborhood Summit looked to erase boundaries and emphasize the results of successful partnerships among our neighborhoods.
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