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Renovated food markets in New Orleans offer lessons for Cincinnati


New Orleans once had 34 neighborhood food markets, with historic roots to a time before modern refrigeration when neighborhood shopping was central to daily life. Many closed post-WWII, as population moved to the suburbs, and most of the remaining markets were shuttered by Hurricane Katrina.

Next City has a feature story on the rebirth of three neighborhood markets in New Orleans, two as traditional neighborhood markets and one as a museum.

"In all of our post-Katrina work, what we find is that people want what they had, except they didn’t understand that what they had was very difficult to have to begin with," says Cedric Grant, executive director of the New Orleans Building Corporation, which is spearheading the renovations. "And now you have to really imagine something new."

These efforts remind us of the tremendous asset Cincinnati has in Findlay Market, a neighborhood market that has withstood the decline of its Over-the-Rhine surroundings and seems poised to benefit from redevelopment there, including the new streetcar line.

Description of the efforts to revive neighborhood food markets in New Orleans — including interaction with residents and struggles to develop the right business model — might offer lessons for movements to bring co-op markets to local neighborhoods like Clifton and Northside.

Read the full article here.
 

Potential Seattle streetcar changes could impact national movement


Seattle followed Portland to build the second modern streetcar system in the U.S., featuring one downtown line, a second that's about to open and a third in the planning stages. Overall ridership grew steadily after the first line opened in 2008, the transit website Transport Politic says, but usage flattened out in 2013 and actually declined in 2014.

"The problem may have something to do with the way the streetcar runs: In the street, sharing lanes with cars," says Transport Politic Editor Yonah Freemark in a new blog post. "The results have been slow vehicles — the line's scheduled service averages less than eight miles per hour — often held back by traffic and a lack of reliability. This can produce horror stories of streetcars getting stuck for half an hour or more behind other vehicles and, combined with infrequent service, it certainly reinforces the sense that streetcars are too slow and unreliable to provide any serious transportation benefit.

"This is a problem shared by every existing and planned modern streetcar line in the country, suggesting that the streetcar designed to run in the street with cars may, over the long term, simply fail to attract riders who grow increasingly frustrated with the quality of service provided."

Sobering thoughts for those anticipating long-term success for the Cincinnati Streetcar, which will run in street traffic along its entire route.

Seattle is now studying the idea of dedicated lanes for its third streetcar line, with the idea of providing quicker travel times. Freeman thinks that new approach could "demonstrat(e) that one of the fundamental problems with today's modern streetcar movement can, in fact, be addressed, albeit a few years late. If it shows that those dedicated lanes can reduce disruptions and speed up service, it hopefully won't be long until we see them in cities across the country, from Atlanta to Portland."

Read the full article here.
 

Constella Festival is "challenging the misconceptions of classical music"


Cincinnati's annual Constella Festival of Music & Fine Arts is called "the festival that's challenging the misconceptions of classical music" in a preview article published in Huffington Post's Arts & Culture section.

In December Soapbox wrote about founder Tatiana Berman's efforts to expand Constella's reach by employing more digital promotions that "target audiences nationally to come to Cincinnati." This Huffington Post piece will certainly help with her goal.

"Unlike the standard classical music circuit — characterized by what Berman's team describes as the 100 concert a year demanding schedule — Constella seeks to, in essence, maintain the intimacy of classical music, but encourage the experimentation and chance-taking," the article says.

The Constella Festival runs April 8-19 at Memorial Hall, Woodward Theatre, Cincinnati Art Museum, SCPA and several other venues. Get festival details and buy tickets here.

Read the full Huffington Post article here.
 

Craft beer & community development on WVXU


Soapbox Managing Editor John Fox was joined by Michael Albarella from Nine Giant Brewing and Doug Newberry from Wiedemann Brewing March 5 on WVXU's "Cincinnati Edition" program to discuss the upcoming forum on Cincinnati's embrace of craft beer as community development. Nine Giant is building a brewery and taproom in Pleasant Ridge, while Wiedemann is doing likewise in Newport; both plan to be open by fall 2015.

Albarella and Newberry will be panelists, along with Bryant Goulding of Rhinegeist, 5:00-7:00 p.m. March 11 at UC's Niehoff Urban Studio, bringing beer samples as well. The event is free and open to anyone 21 and older.

Read about the March 11 forum and RSVP here.

Listen to the WVXU interview here.

OTR named a "hidden food and drink gem"


The Daily Meal online food and dining website has a travel story about Over-the-Rhine as a "hidden food and drink gem."

"When it comes to great comeback stories, few places can top Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood," says writer Teresa Tobat. "The area was once dubbed 'one of the nation’s most dangerous neighborhoods in the country' and has since been revitalized. And the food scene of Cincinnati's oldest neighborhood — the streets resemble a 1960s New York City — is surprisingly happening."

According to its website, The Daily Meal's "passionate team canvasses the world to bring you the best food and drink experiences at all levels, around the table, at home or on the road. Harvesting the delicious and discarding the mundane, we are your friend on the inside, discovering and reporting with a sense of fun and curiosity."

Read the full article here.
 

New York Times: "Downtown Cincinnati Thrives"


The Feb. 25 issue of The New York Times carries a glowing report, "Downtown Cincinnati Thrives as Riots' Memories Recede," in its real estate section. Read the full article online here.

Times writer Keith Schneider focuses on the high-profile downtown development projects we're familiar with — General Electric's new operations center on The Banks, Dunnhumby's new headquarters building at Fifth and Race, 3CDC's work at Fountain Square and in Over-the-Rhine — to describe Cincinnati as coming a long way since the 2001 riots. Nice photos by Mark Lyons, too.


 

MusicNOW featured in New York Times preview of 2015 music festivals


MusicNOW will celebrate its 10th year in March, when The National's Bryce Dessner expands his annual avant garde music festival to three Over-the-Rhine venues: Memorial Hall, Music Hall and the new Woodward Theater. Despite living in New York City, where he formed The National with brother Aaron and three other Cincinnatians, Dessner has kept his festival rooted in his hometown.

New York Times music writer Jon Pareles takes note of MusicNOW's endurance and unique point of view in his feature story on 2015's upcoming festival gauntlet, "Anticipating Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Firefly and More." After previewing the big festivals named in the headline, he says, "A promising development in festival-making, somewhere between the sprawl and the niche, is the growing number often described as 'curated.' ... The curators are often musicians, who tend to delve far beyond their own chosen genres. Musicians listen carefully and widely, and their choices often reveal unexpected foundations and extrapolations of their own aesthetics."

The article has just three photos, including one of MusicNOW from Cincinnatian Keith Klenowski (pictured above).

Read the full article here.

Choremonster, Lisnr make list of Upstart 100 driving the "new economy"


The CEOs of two Cincinnati startups — Chris Bergman of Choremoster and Rodney Williams of Lisnr — are featured in Upstart 100, a list of "the inventors, visionaries, masters and more driving the new economy" as proclaimed by Upstart Business Journal, a national online publication owned by Cincinnati Business Courier's parent company.

Other figures named to the list include Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Steve Case, Jay Z and Taylor Swift, so the local entrepreneurs are in excellent company.

Read the full list and accompanying editor's note here.

 

Cincinnati Opera gets national nod in opera guide for beginners


HuffPost Arts & Culture has published what it calls "Your Definitive Guide to Going to the Opera," with tips about which operas to see depending on your tastes in movies, what to wear and what to do at intermission.

"Because opera is not a mainstream form of entertainment, it is often regarded as a pretentious one, something untouchable," the article begins. "However, if you give it a fighting chance, you'll find that opera can be enjoyed by classical musicians and complete newcomers alike — old to young."

The section concludes with a photo slideshow of America's top 14 opera companies, including Cincinnati Opera. Strangely, the photo they use to illustrate Cincinnati Opera is of a solo pianist in an empty Music Hall — the exact opposite of the local company's lavish productions, amazing sets and live orchestra.

Read the full story here.
 

Louis Langree says "Bonjour, Cincinnati!"


Vanity Fair's February issue includes a quick interview with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Louis Langree, focusing on his role with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in New York City's Lincoln Center. They do ask him how he's getting used to being in the hinterlands of Cincinnati, far from his French homeland.

"Yes, I’m French," Langree says, noting Cincinnati's collective German heritage, "but I come from Alsace, which is French with some German DNA."

Read the interview here.

Frameri lenses attract Jay Z's online attention


Frameri founder and CEO Konrad Billetz talks about his company's popular interchangeable eyewear lenses with Life+Times, Jay Z's digital home covering art, sports, music, fashion and culture. He also discusses the Over-the-Rhine startup's future in the wake of his recognition as one of Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30" and why Cincinnati was the right place to launch Frameri.

"Cincinnati has to be one of most creative places I’ve ever experienced," Billetz tells Life+Times. "Being in Cincinnati has really helped us significantly. The entire community of designers, photographers, and creatives in general have been really supportive of us. Everyone wants to help and contribute to our mission, so we end up getting a lot of creative work either significantly discounted or free. Thank you Cincy!"

Read the full interview here.
 

Tech startup funding is "no problem" in Cincinnati


Huffington Post blogger Jason Grill gives big props to Cincinnati's startup scene, saying we now rival Kansas City as his pick for America's most entrepreneurial city.

"The words startup, technology and funding are creeping into the every day vocabulary in the Queen City," Grill writes. "Cincinnati lays claim to a growing and vibrant startup ecosystem. Much of this success is due to what we are seeing across the United States with fewer barriers to entry, but the main part of Cincinnati's success is due in large part to the venture funding access in the city."

Grill goes on to credit CincyTech and Cintrifuse for leading the recent charge here. Bottom line, he says: "Cincinnati is relevant in the startup world."

Read the full blog post here.

Cincinnatians among Forbes "30 Under 30" changing the world


Forbes magazine is out with its annual "30 Under 30" list of young folks making a mark and changing the world. This year's list has a total of 600 millennials in 20 different categories (art & style, venture capital, consumer tech, music, etc.) — so 30 people in each.

A number of present and past Cincinnatians have a presence on the lists, many of them running startups developed through The Brandery. Konrad Billetz, CEO of Frameri eyeglass startup in Over-the-Rhine, was named among the leaders in manufacturing & industry, while Mayor John Cranley's director of external affairs, Daniel Rajaiah, made the law & policy list; he heads up Cranley's high-profile Task Force on Immigration. The Business Courier has a roundup of other Cincinnati connections to the lists.

Read the Forbes "30 Under 30" section here.
 

Cincinnati Streetcar part of $90 billion in transit developments across North America


The Cincinnati Streetcar's $148 million price tag is too high for some and not enough of an investment for others, but one thing's for certain: The project has lots of company across North America. The Transport Politic website published its annual rundown of major transit investments in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, saying a total of $90.6 billion will be spent in 2015 on roughly 100 different bus rapid transit, streetcar and light/heavy rail projects. Read more here.

Where to eat if you're heading home to Cincinnati


Apparently a fan of the monthly Cincinnati Night at Edward's restaurant in Tribeca, NYC, Village Voice "Fork in the Road" columnist Adam Robb visited us recently to dig a little deeper beyond the Edward's menu of Skyline, Montgomery Inn, LaRosa's and Graeter's favorites. As a service to ex-pat Cincinnatians in New York City, he offers a number of hip dining recommendations for those "making the trip Midwest for the holidays to see your family." Read more here.
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