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Cincy is top city in Ohio for living an active lifestyle

Cincinnati has many attractions for those wishing to live a more active lifestyle: the Flying Pig Marathon, the Great Ohio River Swim, a number of bicycle clubs and miles and miles of trails.

A new study from WalletHub found that the Queen City is the best city in Ohio for an active lifestyle. WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities on 34 key metrics, ranging from the average monthly fitness club fee to bike score to the number of physically inactive adults.

In Ohio, Cincinnati ranked no. 1, but nationally, it came in at no. 39. Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle made ranked in the top five on the list.

Other numbers from the study:

  • Cincinnati (and Cleveland) have some of the most swimming pools per capita
  • Cincinnati was tied for first for the most public golf courses per capita
For more info regarding the study's findings, click here.

Lonely Planet and INTO know the Queen City is a hot travel destination

In case you haven't noticed, Cincinnati is getting a lot of love lately. Travel magazines all over the country are starting to realize that the Queen City is a top travel destination, both for domestic and international visitors. This time, Lonely Planet and INTO are giving our beloved city a shoutout.
  • Lonely Planet’s travel experts scoured the country for the 10 underrated, rejuvenated and out-of-this-world spots to visit in 2018. The list includes natural wonders, captivating coastlines and up-and-coming cities — Cincinnati landed at no. 5.

From Lonely Planet's roundup: "Set among steep hills with the bridge-strewn Ohio River swashing its edge, Cincinnati has always been a looker. Now beer, arts and savvy neighborhood development are giving it some swagger."

  • After hours and hours of research, INTO’s world travelers came up with their must-go travel destinations for 2018. Some unexpected places made the list, as well as some popular, well-known destinations worth revisiting this year, including Cincinnati.

"America’s most talked about city in the throes of a beautiful renaissance. Not only can you sip craft and draught cocktails, and taste awarding-winning (and inventive) food in the trending Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, you can see world-class art at the Contemporary Art Center. The most wonderful part, of course, is the out-of-their-way friendly locals who are thrilled to recommend their favorite haunts." — INTO's website

Follow the links to see the full list of destinations from Lonely Planet and INTO.


Attention beer drinkers: Cincy ranks no. 4 for beer

Even with the closure of two well-loved breweries last year (Ei8ht Ball and Blank Slate), Cincinnatians love their beer. The city recently landed itself at no. 4 on Smart Asset's 2017 list of best cities for beer drinkers.

In each city, Smart Asset looked at the number of microbreweries, the number of microbreweries per 100,000 residents, the number of bars per 100,000 residents, the average Yelp score of breweries and the average price per pint.  

This study states that Cincy has 21 microbreweries, but by our count, it's over 40. Based off the study's findings, there are seven breweries and 24 bars per 100,000 residents. Cincinnati's breweries score an average of 4.19 on Yelp, and the price of a pint is about $4.

In 2016, Cincinnati also ranked in the top 10 of this same study, which goes to show that its craft beer culture is still booming.

See the full ranking here.

Oakley Square's transformation showcases importance of neighborhood greenspace

The businesses on Oakley Square surround a 350-foot linear park, Geier Esplanade, which is in the center of the traffic pattern. This design proved a unique challenge for the redesign, but now, the heart of the neighborhood is more pedestrian-friendly.

Over the years, the esplanade had shrunken to create more space for through traffic, which didn't support the original main street environment. The City of Cincinnati wanted to restore and enhance Oakley's business district, which serves as not only a transportation junction but also the economic and social heart of the neighborhood.

Pedestrian safety was an issue, especially at the six-point intersection at the northeast end of the square. The intersection had large turn lanes and confusing signage; for the recent redesign, streets were realigned, the intersection was simplified, traffic signals were upgraded and new crosswalks were created.

To read more about Oakley Square's redevelopment from the Congress for a New Urbanism, click here.

Covington, Cincinnati top cities to own vacation rental properties

In 2016, the vacation rental market created over a billion dollars for U.S. vacation rental property owners. That’s a call to action for many investors, and in Covington, return on investment for vacation rental property owners is over 25 percent; in Cincinnati, ROI is just over 20 percent.

For this study from i Property Management, to be considered a "vacation city," a city needed to have at least 10 full-time rentals on Airbnb. Full-time rentals are defined as properties available for rent for at least 75 percent of the year, and no more than 10 blocked calendar dates in each month. These were further narrowed down to properties with at least 20 Airbnb bookings in the last 12 months.

The study examined median sales prices and the local cost of homeownership to estimate what expenses are incurred by vacation property owners — utility rates, insurance costs, property taxes, home maintenance and local interest rates on 30-year mortgages. Historical local occupancy rates and the median vacation rates were used to estimate the gross vacation rental revenue for each property.  

Click here to learn more about this study.

Cincy lands on NYT's best worldwide bargain destinations list

When travelers are planning out their next destination, Cincinnati might not come to mind, but according to the New York Times, the Queen City is one of the top 10 best bargain cities to visit in the world

We locals already know what makes Cincinnati a desireable place to visit, but the NYT highlights Over-the-Rhine and the Brewing Heritage Trail as some of the must-see and must-do attractions. In 2018, average airfare to Cincinnati is predicted to be about $350, which is down 13 percent from last year.

Bargain destinations abroad include La Paz, Bolivia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Bergen and Oslo, Norway; Barcelona, Spain; and Melbourne, Australia.

Back in the states, the domestic cities worth visiting and saving a buck: Atlanta, San Antonio, Key West and New Orleans. 

To read more about the best bargain travel destinations, click here.

OTR redevelopment sets precedent for other cities

Public and private redevelopment efforts in Over-the-Rhine are catching the eye of cities like Atlanta and St. Louis. Both cities have experienced the same struggles as Cincinnati: disinvestment, crumbling historic properties and depopulation. 

Efforts from groups like 3CDC have made OTR a shining example of urban redevelopment, and the streetcar is helping bridge the gap between OTR and downtown. Another major project that will further close that gap is the new Kroger on Walnut.

Historically, developers have relied heavily on state historic tax credits, but with major federal cuts to the program, those dollars will be greatly reduced and may affect the number of historic renovations in Cincinnati's future.

Click here to read more about the strides Atlanta and St. Louis are making to combat issues like depopulation and historic redevelopment, using Cincinnati as a guide.

Local movie-themed bar makes list of top pop culture phenoms of the year

A number of food crazes hit cult-classic status in 2017: unicorn Frappuccinos, sushi burritos and the Whole30 diet. These food trends kept our minds off what was really happening in the world, if only for a moment. Food & Wine rounded up its top 50 food-related trends to go viral on Instagram and make a dent in our wallets last year — and get this, one of them is a bar in Walnut Hills.  

The Video Archive is the secret behind the unassuming wall of DVDs in the storefront's small video rental store. The Quentin Tarantino-themed bar features a cocktail menu inspired by cult-classic films — the Jackie Brown is made with bourbon, elderflower liqueur, blackberry-cucumber puree and salted honey, and the Royale with Cheese is a mix of yellow chartreuse with lemon juice and simple syrup. Owner Jacob Trevino is known for his pop-up bars, and closed out 2017 with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme at The Video Archive.

Check out the other food phenomenons of the year here.

Cincinnati ranks as the 12th best college town among cities of its size

University of Cincinnati and Xavier University students live in the 12th best college town among mid-size cities, according to a recent WalletHub study. Cincinnati ranked 50th over all cities in the country.

Oxford, home to Miami University, boasts the 29th best college town overall and the 15th among small cities.

The ranking is more than football tailgates and fraternity parties. WalletHub compared more than 400 U.S. cities and 28 measures for students, from average student loan debt to breweries per capita.

The three key factors include:

  • Wallet friendliness, which considers the adjusted cost of living for young people
  • Social environment, which weighs nightlife options, crime rate and students per capita
  • Academic and economic opportunities, which looks at the quality of higher education

Data was collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Center for Education Statistics, Numbeo, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, TransUnion, TripAdvisor, Areavibes, Yelp and WalletHub research.

Check out the full ranking here.

NKU recognized as a best school for students with military ties for the fifth time

For the fifth time, Northern Kentucky University has been ranked among the top universities in the nation for military veterans, according to Military Times.

The publication’s annual ranking lists NKU as no. 109 among four-year institutions for the service and support it provides to military veterans and their families. NKU serves more than 400 veterans, active family members, National Guardsmen, Reservists and ROTC students. The Veterans Resource Station, established in 2013, provides seamless assistance with applications, financial aid, VA education benefits, advising, registration, career services and more.

The annual Best Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to document an array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties, and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on campus. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

To see the full ranking, click here.

Two Cincinnati groups get GRAMMY nods

Tune into the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28th to see if two Cincinnati groups receive a coveted award in their category.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Louis Langrée, received a nomination for Best Orchestral Performance for the album "Concertos for Orchestra."  

Composer Zhou Tian (pronounced Jo-Tyen) also earned a spot in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for that same album.
The CSO has been here before — it was previously nominated in the Best Orchestral Performance category but has not taken home that trophy. But they have won Grammys related to production and engineering, most recently for a 2008 release.

The National, a Brooklyn-based, Cincinnati-bred group, also received a nod for its latest release, "Sleep Well Beast" in the Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package categories.

The National also received a nomination in the Best Alternative Music Album category for 2013's "Trouble Will Find Me."

See if your favorite artist is up for a GRAMMY here.

Rooftop bar at 21c named among the best bars in the country

The rooftop bar at downtown's 21c Museum Hotel is turning heads, and this time, the heads of the food-obsessed team at Food Network.

Rookwood tile, TVs hidden behind mirrors and a 100-year-old floor from the building’s previous life as the Hotel Metropole are a few of the unique features of the 65-seat rooftop bar. Not only that, but the rooftop vantage point gives guests killer views of downtown and beyond.

The bar's ever-evolving seasonal drink list contains options like The Admiral, which is made with bourbon, cherry liqueur, orange juice and house-made cherry bitters; or The Gidget — vodka and orange blossom-lemon syrup topped with club soda. In the warmer months, the menu includes slushie cocktails. There's also a food menu, complete with cheese, charcuterie and vegetable boards, and soft pretzels.

Check out the other bars on the list here.

Cincy's 10 most beautiful neighborhoods all have unique identities

Ten Cincinnati neighborhoods have been recognized by Only in Your State as the city's most beautiful. 

Here are the neighborhoods and the reasons these spots are so iconically beautiful.
  • Loveland: historic downtown and bike trails
  • Mariemont: European-inspired central business district
  • Hyde Park: estate homes
  • Columbia-Tusculum: "painted ladies" and views of the river
  • Clifton: Gaslight District
  • Over-the-Rhine: new shops, restaurants, small businesses and murals
  • Northside: unique business district
  • Glendale: train that runs through the heart of it
  • Wyoming: historic homes and parks
  • Westwood: "neighborhood" feel and resurgent business district
Read more about these neighborhoods here

Carabello Coffee voted best local coffee shop in Kentucky

Buying local is becoming an ever more regular part of daily life. Citizens are looking to buy locally grown produce and locally made goods, and eat and drink at locally owned establishments. Mic.com, with the help of Yelp, rounded up the best local coffee shop in each state, and Newport's own Carabello Coffee came out on top in Kentucky.

The philanthropic craft coffee roaster serves responsibly sourced coffee from the world's leading coffee-producing countries. Justin and Emily Carabello have personal relationships with each farmer, and they donate proceeds directly back to those farmers, and to organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The pair recently expanded their venture, and now have a craft analog coffee bar for true coffee geeks, as well as a cute little cafe where you can sip a hot drink and have a conversation, work or people watch.

Discover the other 49 top local coffee shops in the country here.

UC entrepreneurship program receives award from GCEC

Since 2006, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers has given out yearly awards to entrepreneurial programs across the country. This year, the University of Cincinnati's Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization received an award for Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines.

The awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the very best of university entrepreneurship. Each year, the GCEC recognizes the top entrepreneurship programs in eight categories:

  1. Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center
  2. Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation
  3. Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines
  4. Exceptional Contributions in Entrepreneurship Research
  5. Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education
  6. Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation
  7. Outstanding Student Engagement & Leadership
  8. NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence
See the full list of winners here.

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