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West End / Brighton

This expansive neighborhood borders Over-the-Rhine in the shape of a sliver. Mostly residential, it has a rich history and diverse inhabitants, a beauty discovered by only the most discerning eye. The Dayton Street Historical District, a cluster of houses built mostly in the late 1800s, is on the National Register of Historic Places. City West, a mixed-income housing development just north of downtown in the neighborhood's southern-most point, is the biggest housing development in Cincinnati since World War II. The quiet streets come alive on special occasions, such as spontaneous Fourth of July celebrations in Dyer Park and Brighton's monthly First Saturdays gallery walk along Central Avenue.



The Road to Development: Three more neighborhood residential projects

What are older buildings blossoming into? This installment of Soapbox's redevelopment series focuses on the unique reuse of an old Northside factory and new residential buildings cropping up in the little-known downtown Brighton neighborhood.


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.


Co-working options grow thanks to Cincinnati's expanding pool of independent professionals

Co-working has had a foothold in Cincinnati for many years, and the options for workers looking for collaborative office space have continued to grow. Here are 6 co-working shops for independent workers who still want to drink from the proverbial water cooler.


Speaking for the trees: Campaign aims to avert canopy-loss crisis

The Taking Root campaign is an eight-county effort to educate the community about the crises affecting our trees. The end goal is to restore our tree canopy by 2020 by planting 2 million trees.


Local banks and schools partner to teach kids financial responsibility

As the senior class of 2014 prepares to be the first graduating under Ohio’s new economics and financial literacy curriculum requirements, banks in Cincinnati are partnering with schools and nonprofits to push financial education further than ever for students as early as preschool and through to 12th grade.


CityLink grows while poverty shrinks

With poverty in Cincinnati hovering at almost double the national average, CityLink Center, which celebrates its one-year anniversary this week, is helping residents become self-sustaining through a holistic approach that includes educational services, financial education and employment assistance.


Demand Better: Building healthy, vibrant neighborhoods

As we continue to reprise our four-part Demand Better series, we take a look at innovations and ideas that empower and support neighbors here and around the country—and offer some key demands for Cincinnati's future as election day approaches.


Demand Better Cincinnati

This week marks the launch of a new Soapbox series: Demand Better Cincinnati. We'll explore a new issue each week and sift through what's been done, what's being done and how we can push our current and future leaders to, well, demand better.


Metro blazes new trails with green efforts

Metro has been "going green" for more than 25 years, but partnerships with progressive organizations have helped it broaden sustainability efforts.


Nights out Cincinnati

One weekend. Two nights of Cincinnati. Soapbox's managing photographer Scott Beseler tours the Art of Food in Covington and the Platter Party in Brighton. The result? A taste of fashion, music and fun in the city. Video by Scott Beseler.


Cool jobs in the city: Hanging with the Dead Sea Scrolls

While some actors and actresses wait tables between stints on stage, 24-year-old Brittany Barker talks the Dead Sea Scrolls with guests at the Cincinnati Museum Center, where she works as a Visitation Enhancement Specialist.


My Soapbox: Duru Armagan, organizer, Rise of the Cool Kids

You may know Duru Armagan as the owner of OTR's Sloane Boutique. This month, she styles Rise of the Cool Kids (ROCK), a projection fashion show and performance that highlights streetwear and Cincinnati's growing fashion scene. She shares the details with Soapbox's Robin Donovan.


Brighton: Working on the edge

People make things in Brighton. Nestled in the northern tip of the West End, and bordered by Central Parkway on the east and Spring Grove Avenue on the west, Brighton’s demographics defy easy explanation.


Soapdish: 'Pop-up' creativity sates local appetites

The term “pop up” has become quite fashionable in the cultural lexicon as of late, applying to everything from retail to restaurants to picnics. Soapbox columnist Casey Coston takes a tour of Cincinnati's "pop-up" scene.


My Soapbox: Hayes Shanesy, co-founder, Brush Factory

Hayes Shanesy and Rosie Kovacs created the Brush Factory in 2009, selling handmade clothing and furniture. Together, they create everything from candlesticks to t-shirts to canvas bags. Soapbox's Evan Wallis talks with Shanesy to get the latest news about the designing duo and their plans, and inspiration, for the future.
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