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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.


 

Soapbox on WVXU


Soapbox Publisher Dacia Snider and Managing Editor John Fox appeared Feb. 23 on "Cincinnati Edition" on WVXU (91.7 FM) to discuss how reading and reporting local news is shifting from newspapers to online outlets. We shared the segment with Northern Kentucky Tribune Editor and Publisher Judith Clabes and Special Projects Editor Mike Farrell.

Here's how "Cincinnati Edition" describes the segment: "As the decline of newspaper print circulation continues, the number of people who turn to Facebook, Twitter and other social media for short, almost real-time news updates is on the rise. Yet there is still a desire for credible journalism and thoughtful, well-written reporting, especially when it comes to local news. More and more readers are now finding that type of local content online."

Listen to the full interview here.
 

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.
 

Sittenfeld's Senate announcement gets national attention


Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld's announcement that he will run for U.S. Senate in 2016 has started to grab national headlines. Ohio, as usual, will be a pivotal state in the presidential election next year, when Sen. Rob Portman is up for re-election.

Sittenfeld recently told Soapbox he'd been "thinking seriously about that race and have been genuinely overwhelmed at the level of encouragement people have offered."

The Huffington Post has the first national interview with Sittenfeld since his annoucement yesterday, saying, "If elected, Sittenfeld would be one of the youngest members of the chamber, where the U.S. Constitution sets the minimum age for service at 30. He faces an uphill battle against Portman, 59, who already had $5.8 million in his campaign war chest as of early January.

"But Sittenfeld too has been laying groundwork, traveling around the state on what National Journal recently called a 'months-long networking campaign' to introduce himself to activists and voters outside of Cincinnati. He brought on board the high-profile campaign firm 270 Strategies, which boasts several veterans of President Barack Obama's two bids for the White House, to handle his announcement. And his interview Thursday was filled with carefully tailored policy specifics that largely dovetailed with what Obama put forward in his State of the Union address this week."

Read the full Huffington Post story here. There's also coverage in Politico and The New York Times.
 

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.

Cincinnati improves as one of "America's Best Performing Cities"


Noted urban guru Richard Florida offers his take of the 2014 edition of the Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities study, which rates 200 large and 179 small metros on key measures of job growth, wage and salary growth and the size and concentration of high tech industry. "The study shows how the recovery has been concentrated in — and, indeed, has revolved around — what I have dubbed the twin pillars of America’s knowledge/energy economy," Florida writes, "with the best performers being energy centers and tech hubs."

San Francisco rated the #1 best performing large U.S. metro area in 2014, followed by Austin, Tex.; Provo, Utah; San Jose, Calif.; and Raleigh, N.C. Nine of the top 10 large cities were in California, Texas or Utah. The top-rated small metro area was Fargo, N.D., followed by Columbus, Ind.

Cincinnati made the list of biggest gainers between 2013 and 2014 among large cities, improving 45 spots to #68 — placing the Tristate around the top third of all large metro areas.

"Ultimately, the report paints a clearer picture of America’s geographically uneven recovery," Florida writes, "where tech hubs and energy centers prosper while older manufacturing and construction driven metros continue to falter."

Read more 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.
 

Orchids, Bistro Grace, Red Feather among best U.S. restaurants


Open Table diners have rated three Cincinnati restaurants as among the nation's best in recently released year-end lists.

Orchids at Palm Court downtown at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel has been included in the Top 100 Restaurants in America, the only area dining spot so recognized. According to Open Table, these restaurants represent "the establishments where creativity, consistency and hospitality meet at every meal, every day." See the full list here.

Meanwhile, two fairly new bistros have been named among Open Table's Top 100 Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America: Bistro Grace in Northside and Red Feather in Oakley. This list "honors the welcoming spots at which diners celebrate both the everyday and the exceptional. The list of honorees is determined after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country." See the full list 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.

Cincinnati one of 8 candidates for "next Silicon Valley"

Cincinnati is one of eight U.S. cities identified as potential "next Silicon Valleys" in a Huffington Post report on new destinations for "burgeoning techies" that was produced in conjunction with Citi Group. Cincinnati "may not seem like the next tech hub from the outside, but it actually is exactly where major investors are flocking," the piece says. It also touts the work The Brandery has done to lead the startup community here, referencing the glowing 2013 profile of the organization at Entrepreneur.com. Read more here.
 

Cincinnati is deeply rooted

Census Bureau data reveals that Cincinnati is slightly more "rooted" than the average large U.S. city. Governing magazine analyzes several measures — length of housing tenure, whether people lived in the state where they were born, recent migration data — to determine which cities' residents have particularly deep local roots and wonders how those roots determine a city's civic character. Read more.
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