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UC's Crosley Tower considered one of nation's ugliest buildings

Cincinnati has a rich architectural history: some of its most historic buildings were designed by famed architect Samuel Hannaford, and residents are proud of its rich architectural history. Efforts continue to renovate and restore the city's gems, which is evident in the soon-to-reopen Music Hall and Union Terminal.

However, Crosley Tower at the University of Cincinnati was named one of the ugliest buildings in the U.S. by Architectural Digest. The magazine claims that the building looks like it's a single slab of concrete and would be a good home for a Disney villain. 

Crosley Tower isn't alone — click here to see the other seven buildings that made AD's list.

Cincinnati's rapid growth lands it as largest economy in Ohio

According to a report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Cincinnati was home to the 28th largest metropolitan economy in the U.S. in 2016. This growth makes Cincy the largest economy in the state of Ohio.

It's also one of the fastest-growing economies in the Midwest.

Among the 382 metropolitan areas included in the report, Cincinnati’s growth rate of 2.5 percent makes it the 106th fastest-growing in the country. Among the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas by population, Cincinnati was the 37th fastest-growing in 2016.

Growth in non-durable goods manufacturing contributed to Cincinnati’s GDP growth the most, with construction, trade and information technology coming in close. Government’s contribution to Cincinnati’s economy declined.

To read the entire report, click here.

Two regional companies considered the best for working moms

Two local companies have been named among the best places for working moms by Working Mother Magazine.

The companies were ranked based on schedule flexibility, advancement programs and family support that allow working parents to be productive and satisfied.

According to Working Mother, new options for parents are making an impact on the workplace.

P&G, which ranked among the top 25 companies in the nation for working moms, has been among the top 100 best for 29 years. It provides an average of 16 paid weeks off for new moms and four paid weeks off for new dads; it also offers 16 paid weeks off for adoptive parents. P&G also has career counseling and backup childcare, plus telecommuting options for many of its employees.

TriHealth has been on the top 100 best list for the past 13 years, and offers an average of 12 paid weeks off for new moms. The healthcare provider offers subsidized backup childcare.

To see the full list of the top 100 workplaces for moms, click here.

Cincinnati is the coolest in the Midwest

We don't need to be told that Cincinnati is a cool place to live, but the website Only in Your State recently rounded up all of the reasons why.

Things that make the Queen City so cool are:

  • The growth in Over-the-Rhine
  • Its growing food scene
  • How it celebrates the arts
  • The craft beer
  • Its efforts to preserve historic landmarks
  • The riverfront views
  • The parks
  • Fiona
  • Its celebrations

To read more, click here.

The numbers don't lie: Cincinnatians know how to have a good time

According to a recent study from WalletHub, Cincinnati is the 13th most fun of the top 150 largest U.S. cities. The study examined 58 key metrics, including the number of fitness centers per capita to movie costs to the average open hours of breweries.

Here's how Cincinnati ranked in a few of these categories:
  • No. 9: Park playgrounds per capita
  • No. 15: Bar accessibility (have you been to Over-the-Rhine lately?)
  • No. 20: Festivals per capita (Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Taste of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic, etc.)
  • No. 22: Restaurants per capita
  • No. 24: Average beer price (about $5 a pint)
  • No. 26: Fitness centers per capita
  • No 33: Number of attractions (Findlay Market, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Reds, Bengals, etc.)
  • No. 40: Parkland acres per capita
  • No. 61: Dance clubs per capita
  • No. 75: Movie costs
The full report is available here

Cincinnati Art Museum to showcase collection of work by Iris van Herpen

In October, Dutch fasion designer Iris van Herpen will bring a touring exhibition of her work to the Cincinnati Art Museum. The show, Transforming Fashion, originated at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands in 2012.

Van Herpen is known for her unique designs and interest in the natural sciences. She uses unexpected materials and 3D printing to create her rare, "strangely gorgeous garments."

Examples of van Herpen's work include a minidress that resembles a stylized skeleton that was 3D-printed with a white synthetic polymer and the “moon dress” of 2013-14: a doughnut-shaped garment whose iridescent black resin surface is textured and cratered.

You can read more about van Herpen here; keep tabs on her upcoming exhibition at the CAM.


Affordability makes Cincy hotbed for tech talent attraction

According to a new report from CBRE Group Inc., Ohio has some of the lowest living expenses in the U.S. for attracting tech talent, with Cincinnati among the leading cities.

The report shows that Cincinnati is the sixth-most affordable tech market in the U.S., with the Midwest home to four of the top six markets. The results are based on the rent-to-tech wage ratio in 50 U.S. cities.

Columbus came in at no. 1 with a ratio of 11.3 percent, followed by Oklahoma City (11.4 percent), St. Louis and San Antonio (12.6 percent each), Indianapolis (12.7 percent) and Cincinnati (13 percent).

Those six cities are also among the top 10 markets for the most affordable apartment rents. New York has the least affordable tech market (35 percent), followed by Long Island and Los Angeles.

To read the full report, click here.


CVG lauded for excellence at Travel Weekly's Magellan Awards

For the third year in a row, CVG received a number of accolades from Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards, and was the only airport to receive a gold award.

The airport received two gold awards — one for its #ProjectGratitude social media campaign and the other for its miniature therapy horse program. It also took home a silver award for its terminal videos.

The gold award in Social Media highlights CVG’s dedication to its mission to provide passengers a positive experience. To celebrate its 70th anniversary, CVG is performing 70 acts of gratitude throughout the year to surprise and delight travelers, as well as thank them for choosing CVG. All is documented on CVG’s social media channels (@flyCVG on Facebook, @CVGairport on Twitter and Instagram).

Winning the gold award in the Special Needs category is a nod to CVG’s partnership with Seven Oaks Farm to bring miniature therapy horses to the airport’s terminal twice a month. The program helps ease passengers’ anxiety and puts smiles on their faces.

The third award, silver in Special Needs, recognizes CVG’s effort to make travel by air stress-free and available to all. The terminal videos are located on CVG’s website to allow travelers to watch the videos prior to their flight in order to easily navigate various areas of the airport. The videos have a special accessibility feature for visual and hearing impaired individuals.

Each year, Travel Weekly receives entries from around the world, and awards those projects that represent the best in the travel industry in a broad range of industry segments, including hotels, online travel services, airlines, airports and more.

Click here to check out the other winners.

Queen City cracks top 10 best cities for jobs

Cincinnati has jumped from the top 25 to the top 10, sitting comfortably as the eighth best city to get a job in the U.S., according to a study by Glassdoor.com.

The ranking is based on hiring opportunity, cost of living and job satisfaction. Cincinnati's overall score was 4.3 (out of 5), based on almost 80,000 job openings in the area with a median base salary of $44,637. The city’s median home value is $152,600, with a job satisfaction rating of 3.3.

Some hot jobs in Cincy are data engineer, medical assistant and account executive.

Pittsburgh came in at no. 1, followed by Indianapolis, Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, Memphis, Columbus, Cleveland and Louisville, respectively, rounding out the top 10.

See the full ranking here.

Six area colleges earn nods for nation's best, top business programs

Miami University and the University of Cincinnati once again ranked highly on U.S. News & World Report's list of top colleges.

Miami came in at no. 78, up one spot from last year, and UC came in at no. 133, up two spots from last year.

The study is based on things like retention, graduation rate and how that graduation rate meets U.S. News' own predictions for the school. The next greatest factor are the opinions of college presidents and provosts, as well as high school guidance counselors. It also looks at faculty resources, class size, faculty pay, the percentage of faculty with the highest degrees in their fields, student performance, financial resources and alumni giving.

Miami received an overall score of 55/100, with high marks in retention (91 percent) and graduation rate (78 percent). UC received an overall score of 43/100, with a retention rate of 87 percent and a 67 percent graduation rate.

Three other area schools also received recognition from U.S. News:
  • Xavier ranked no. 5 among regional universities in the Midwest
  • Mount St. Joseph University ranked no. 87 in the Midwest
  • NKU ranked no. 73 among Southern regional universities
  • Thomas More College ranked no. 80 in the South
  • Miami's Farmer School of Business ranked no. 45
  • UC's Lindner School of Business ranked no. 91
  • Xavier's Williams School of Business ranked no. 128
Click here to see the full list.

Nine Cincy restaurants are experts at the social media game

Illumen Media recently examined the social media accounts of 100 Greater Cincinnati restaurants, and came up with nine whose social marketing and online customer interaction are on-point.
  • Buzzed Bull Creamery: The relatively new alcoholic ice cream shop posts photos of its food, which sells — both the food and the business. Plus, they regularly interact with their customers on all social media platforms. @buzzedbullcreamery
  • Mac Shack and other 4EG-owned restaurants: This new restaurant concept is constantly changing its menu, and its social media game. @macshackclifton
  • Grand Central Deli: This New York-style deli has everything: a great concept, great food, strong graphics and excellent digital marketing. Everything ties back to the 1920s vibe. @gcdeli
  • Mac's Pizza Pub: This bar/pizza joint manages social media for all four of its locations, with a separate social presence for each spot. No matter the location, they're always promoting the game of the day and their events. @macspizzapub
  • Arnold's Bar & Grill: As the oldest tavern in town, it's had to adapt to the changing digital landscape. Event updates and unique local partnerships consistently receive high audience engagement. @arnolds_cincinnati
  • Bard's Burgers: A small, single-location dive in Covington that posts multiple times a day. They've created a community around their restaurant and regularly feature customers and competitions. @bardsburgers
  • Injoy Street Food: As a mobile food stand, digital marketing is super important. The images place Injoy's colorful food front-and-center, and their social channels consistently update customers on where to find them. @injoystreetfood
  • Court Street Lobster Bar: A one-of-a-kind concept in Cincy, Court Street Lobster uses that to its advantage. Specials and regular updates are super important too. @courtstlobster
  • Che: This Argentinian spot frequently changes its menu, and its social media accounts let customers know to come get its limited-time offers. @che_cincinnati
To read more about the restaurants that are playing the digital game right and for some takeaways from each, click here.

Food & Wine: What is Skyline Chili?

Is it chili or is it a sauce? Whatever it is, Skyline Chili is quintessentially Cincinnati.

In 1949, a Greek immigrant named Nicholas Lambrinides started Skyline Chili after previously working at Empress Chili, another local chili parlor. He created his own Cincinnati-style chili, a recipe that's still used today.

Skyline's signature chili is known to contain chocolate and cinnamon, and is traditionally served over hotdogs or spaghetti noodles. Both are topped with a huge handful of cheese, which customers can order "extreme" (also known as hot).

If you've never tried Skyline and find yourself in Cincinnati, grab a bowl. And while you're at it, attempt to settle the age-old local chili debate: Skyline or Gold Star? 

Kroger launching restaurant concept in NKY store

Kroger is getting ready to launch its first restaurant concept, Kitchen 1883, out of it's Union, Ky., store. The restaurant's menu will feature comfort food with made-from-scratch dishes and a bar with hand-crafted cocktails.

With Amazon's recent purchase of Whole Foods and inexpensive alternatives like Aldi, this new enterprise is a way for Kroger, which is the largest grocery chain in America, to raise the bar and get ahead of the competition.

Grocery chains owning and operating restaurants isn't a new thing — Hy-Vee is a franchisee owner of 26 Wahlburger locations, making it the largest franchisee of the burger chain.

You can read more about Kroger's restaurant here.

Covington named the best small town in Kentucky

Covington was recently named the best small town in the state of Kentucky by Thrillist. 

With a population of just over 40,000, Covington is often referred to as Cincinnati's little sister, but it has a charm and a claim to fame all its own. It has a multitude of local restaurants, whiskey bars and small businesses. It's home to 12 historic districts and more redeveloped buildings than you can count. To top it off, Covington hosts a number of yearly festivals, including the Mainstrasse Oktoberfest.

Click here to read more about the best small towns in the U.S.


Cincy recognized as one of the top destinations for design this fall

Architectural Digest sought out the top five travel destinations this fall for those interested in design, and Cincinnati made the list. Other cities include Mexico City; Washington, D.C.; Shenzhen, China; and New York's Hudson Valley. 

October is a busy month for Cincinnati, with events like the first-ever BLINK festival (Oct. 12-15) and DesignBuildCincy (Oct. 28 & 29). Design-lovers can also appreciate the historic buildings like those designed by Samuel Hannaford (Music Hall, City Hall, the Cincinnati Observatory and the Mutual Building in NKY, just to name a few). 

AD suggests staying at the 21c Musuem Hotel and checking out the Contemporary Arts Center, which was designed by Zaha Hadid. 
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