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Saturday, May 30, 2009

"OTR"

The area of Over-the-Rhine is one of the most historical, unique, and diverse neighborhoods in Cincinnati.


During the 19th century, Over-the-Rhine was one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the Midwest, if not the most densely populated. As the center of German life in Cincinnati, there were more than 50 breweries in the neighborhood alone.


Recent attempts have been made to revitalize Over-the-Rhine, starting with 12th and Vine Streets immediately outside downtown. The redevelopment project, called the Gateway Quarter, has been largely successful in its attempts to attract empty-nesters and young professionals into the neighborhood. The Over-the-Rhine Foundation works to protect OTR's endangered historic fabric as well as promote this redevelopment and growth.


"OTR" is a short film about this neighborhood and it's unique history. The film tells the history of the area and what makes it unique through interviews with residents and supporters.



Friday, May 29, 2009

Gateway Expansion Tour this weekend

Mayor Mallory will be there to kick things off at 10am at the corner of 13th and Republic. The tour, which is free and open to the public, takes place tomorrow (5/30) and will last from noon to 4pm.


Those going will be able to tour the six new buildings being celebrated. The new units range in price from $140,000 to $350,000 with many boasting rooftop decks/patios that have spectacular city views.


So far the nearly $84 million of investment that has occurred, in the Gateway Quarter, has created 86 new condos (66 sold) and some 50,000 square feet of street-level retail space. This latest phase will bring an additional 106 new units to the neighborhood. Roughly 12% of these are already under contract.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Burger Beer back in the 'Nati

The Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co. is on a roll lately. Hot off of their Little Kings re-branding, they are now about the bring back one of Cincinnati's most fabled beers.


On Friday, May 29th Burger Beer will be relaunched at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. The event will go from 6pm to 11pm (short presentation at 7pm) with the first 600 paid admissions ($10) will receive a FREE commemorative Burger Classic Beer Relaunch Celebration/Crosley Field Remembered retro t-shirt.


At the event fans will be able to visit the "Crosley Field Remembered" special exhibit as well as the other permanent exhibits throughout the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, enjoy some Burger Beer and watch the away Reds game (vs. Milwaukee) in the Palace of the Fans Theater beginning at 7pm.


The relaunching will bring back both Burger Classic Beer and Burger Light Beer. The beers will be available throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana for around $5.99 per twelve pack of cans and are considered full-flavored yet light-bodied American styled pilsner beers.


History:
Greg Hardman, president of Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Company, has been working aggressively to restore the great Cincinnati beer brands that once made the area known world-wide for its brewing heritage.


Part of that heritage is Burger Beer which was first established in 1880 with the Burger family's malting business. The family began brewing their own beers in 1934 following the repeal of prohibition and was one of the first brewers in the nation, and first in Cincinnati, to can its beer. Then during World War II, Burger was one of only a handful of brewers selected by the government to supply camouflaged cans of Burger beer to military personnel throughout the world.


Burger Beer was also famous for its marketing slogan, "Vas You Efer in Zinzinnati?" that played off the fondness for Cincinnati's German Heritage, and was a nationwide hit.


One of the most significant parts of Burger's past is its relationship with the Reds organization. During the days of Crosley Field legendary Reds broadcaster, Waite Hoyt, during the nearly quarter century that Burger Beer sponsored the Reds radio broadcasts. Hoyt would frequently plug the local beer and would refer to home runs, hit as Crosley, as being destined for the outer reaches of "Burgerville."

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

DAAP Works Dance Party at Baba Budan's

On Thursday, May 28th you can come out and support the graduating DAAP students at the DAAP Works Dance Party (9:30pm to 2:30am) being held at Baba Budan's in Clifton Heights.


DAAP Works is the annual, end-of-year exhibition from graduating students at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. The exhibition regularly draws attendees from around the country and illustrates the final works of that year's graduating class.


Works from the fields of Architecture, Art Education, Community Planning, Digital Design, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Urban Planning are all on display. Many of the programs are highly ranked nationally and internationally acclaimed.


The DAAP Works Dance Party will raise money for the graduating Urban Planning students' (including me!) DAAP Works displays.


The Sleeping Sea will be performing, at the party, at 10pm with DJ music the rest of the night. Drink specials include $3 Long Islands, $3 Coronas, $1 PBR, $2.25 Dos Equis and $3.25 Rome's Homemade Sangria plus the regular assortment of drinks available at Baba Budan's (GoogleMap).

Summer Music Series on Fountain Square returns

Fountain Square will host the second annual PNC Summer Music Series that brings live music to the Square five nights and one afternoon per week.


The summer music series starts tomorrow night with a new music genre for this summer. World Wide Wednesdays will feature music from around the world, and tonight's concert is a "Journey to India" featuring music by Mohenjo Daro and The Cultural Center of India from 7pm to 9pm.


Back this year will be the very popular Salsa on the Square on Thursdays (7pm to 10pm) that include the best salsa bands in town along with dance instructors to help teach those in attendance the latest salsa moves.


Indie nights were another popular pick last year and will be back again this year on Fridays from 7pm to midnight. For the Indie Summer & Singer Songwriter nights there will be three local bands playing alternative and indie rock, followed by an open mic session for aspiring musicians hosted by some of Cincinnati's best singer-songwriters.


Thursday afternoons, from noon to 1pm, will feature acoustic performances in the genres of folk, blues and Americana. Also back from last year will be the popular Smooth Sundays that feature Soul and R&B music from 7pm to 9pm.


For a full listing of all the nightly lineups visit the PNC Summer Music Series page.

Photo courtesy of Joe Lamb on Flickr

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

This Week In Soapbox 5/26

This Week In Soapbox (TWIS) you can read about the Gateway Quarter Expansion Tour coming up this weekend, positive changes happening in downtown Hamilton, new businesses opening in Over-the-Rhine, update on the City's pilot sharrow program, a century old church being converted into condos in Bellevue and the City's efforts to clean up and redevelop a downtrodden piece of property in the West End.


If you're interested in staying in touch with some of the latest development news in Cincinnati please check out this week's stories and sign up for the weekly E-Zine sent out by Soapbox Cincinnati.



TWIS 5/26:
  • Gateway Quarter celebrates latest additions with Expansion Tour - full article
  • Downtown Hamilton reimagining center city through development and arts - full article
  • New businesses opening in Over-the-Rhine - full article
  • Sharrows coming to a street near you - full article
  • Century old church in Bellevue to be converted into contemporary lofts - full article
  • Cincinnati applies for funds to redevelop Providence North site - full article

Cincy Fringe Festival '09

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival starts today with the Fringe CityBeat Kick-Off Party and will continue through June 6th with 33 productions, nearly 170 performances, more than 150 artists and some new venues. The art opening will take place tonight from 6pm to 8pm and be immediately followed by the Kick-Off Party ($5 suggested donation).


The festival offers an opportunity for a variety of artists to get exposure by submitting their work to be considered for inclusion. During the festival local, regional, national and international artists come to Cincinnati and for 12 days show off their work in traditional and non-traditional art spaces throughout Cincinnati's center city. The artists represent a variety of media including theatre, dance, music, poetry, visual art, film and much more.


'09 Overview:
In its sixth year, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival saw a record number of submissions from artists outside of Greater Cincinnati and accounted for roughly 52% of all submissions. The diversity and reach, of the growing festival, is something Eric Vosmeier (managing director) is pleased with.


At this year's festival some 69% of the applicants newcomers and will provide some new faces for those Fringe Festival stalwarts. This growth in newcomers and outsiders is symbolic of the Festival's explosive growth and popularity over its six years in existence says Vosmeier.


The 2009 Cincinnati Fringe Festival will have a variety of venues throughout Cincinnati's center city including Media Bridges, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Know Theatre, Jackson St. Underground, Below Zero Lounge, Coffee Emporium, New Stage Collective, Mixx Ultra Lounge and more.


Throughout Cincinnati's center city there will be a slew of 200+ dedicated Fringe Festival volunteers. What is interesting about the volunteers this year is that many will be scooting around on Segways to help people find their way, answer question or whatever else.


Single tickets for the festival productions are just $12, but passes are also available for $200 (all access) and $60 (six shows). Single tickets and passes are available now and can be purchased online.


An official 2009 Cincinnati Fringe Festival map can be downloaded here (pdf). For full schedules and lineups see bottom of article.


Visual Fringe:
For the second year in a row a part of the Visual Fringe work will be the creation of a mural over the course of the Festival. This year local artists will create a mural on the north wall of the Know Theatre to compliment the south wall mural done last year.


Woven Wall by John Benvenuto (sculpture) & Horizontal by Kelly Jo Asbury (painting)

"Life on the Fringe":
New this year will be an experiment in very short social cinema as part of the Film Fringe component. "Life on the Fringe" challenges filmmakers to make a short film that in some way completes the statement, "Life on the fringe is..."


Each filmmaker will decide how the statement ends, and in what context "fringe" is defined. Documentaries, dramas, comedies and experimental films are all fair game. The films should be between three and ten minutes in length and be produced specifically for the "Life on the Fringe" event.


Filmmakers will then be a part of the special Cincinnati Fringe Festival screening, and have their films shown on Northern Kentucky University's NorseMedia television station.


History:
The Cincinnati Fringe Festival traces its roots to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that started in Edinburgh, Scotland some 51 years ago when eight groups staged their own "fringe" performances at the Edinburgh Festival of the Arts. They set up and created makeshift theatres on the outskirts of the established festival and eventually gained a large following that then outstripped the mainstream festival.


This "fringe" festival concept then jumped the pond to Canada in the 1980s. Canada currently boasts many of these festivals throughout the country and has the largest festival of this type in North America at the Edmonton Festival which regularly draws more than a half a million people annually.


Over time these festivals grew throughout the United States and came to Cincinnati in 2003. There are presently 20 active "fringe" festivals in North America including cities like Philadelphia, Orlando, San Francisco, Minneapolis and New York.


Full Schedules/Lineups
Performance Fringe | Visual Fringe | Film Fringe

Monday, May 25, 2009

A beginner's guide to local music

If you’ve been down to this year’s Taste of Cincinnati, or plan to do so on this Memorial Day, you’ll notice that alongside the food are five stages of live music. And many of the bands performing hail from right here in Cincinnati.


With events like the Taste, Fountain Square’s Indie Summer, and the Midpoint Music Festival – not to mention the many live shows happening at venues across the city on any given night – it’s clear that Cincinnati has a thriving local music scene.


Similar to the diversity of cuisines you’ll find at the Taste, Cincinnati’s music venues feature a diversity of genres and plenty of unique atmospheres. Around UC, you’ll find Rohs Street Café featuring acoustic acts, while the neighboring Baba Budan’s adds some hip hop and punk shows to the mix. Mad Frog usually features jam bands or metal, and occasionally brings in a touring national act. Heading up to Northside, you’ll find more punk at Blue Rock Tavern, and everything from jazz to indie at the neighborhood hangout Northside Tavern. Across the river, you’ll find both local and national acts at the Mad Hatter in Covington, and the biggest national acts at the Southgate House in Newport. And that’s just a small sampling of our venues.


But what’s most important about Cincinnati’s music scene are the bands themselves. Some are made up of college students or young professionals who play music as a hobby after their 9-5 job, and others feature dedicated musicians who do everything they can to take their band to the next level. Many have even broken through and made a name for themselves nationally. Heartless Bastards have been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman; Bad Veins have played festivals like South by Southwest; Buffalo Killers have toured with The Black Crowes and The Black Keys; and two members of The Greenhornes are also in Jack White’s side project The Raconteurs.


You can always open up the events section of CityBeat or CinWeekly, or visit CincinnatiShows.com, to find out about local shows. But if you want to try a more structured approach to discovering local music, there are plenty of resources. For example, if you’re saddened by the loss of Cincinnati’s alternative rock station “The Sound”, now’s the perfect time to check out Cincinnati’s own independent station WOXY.com, which often features local bands in their “Lounge Acts” sessions. And the “Line Level” television series, developed by UC students, features live performances from some of our city’s best bands.


When you support the many arts that Cincinnati has to offer, don’t forget about the original music being created by our talented bands and musicians. Spend an evening checking out Indie Summer on the Square or another local music show.




Peter Adams and the Nocturnal Collective perform on "Line Level"

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Journey In Every Bottle

In case you haven't seen Christian Moerlein's new television commercial here it is for you. The 31 second TV spot will be shown throughout the Cincinnati market over the summer. It is yet another sign of the rebirth of the beer brewing industry here in Cincinnati. Thanks Greg for investing in Cincinnati and bringing back some of our proud German history.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Bicycle parking love

We could use some bicycle parking love like this in Cincinnati at least in one or two locations. The new Central Riverfront Park might be a great opportunity and is something the park officials have hinted at given the inclusion of the Ohio River Trail into the park design that will potentially bring lots of bicycle commuters into the center city from the eastern neighborhoods.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Two Wheelin' in Cincy + Update

Norwood might be an unlikely place to sell Vespas and other scooters, but I encourage you to check out Metro Scooter. They sell scooters, gear, and safety equipment. Many of the scooters they sell get upwards of 75 miles per gallon, and some even get 100mpg or better.


Like cars, scooter prices vary depending on the size, style and features, but unlike cars, scooters are far less expensive. They range in price from in the $1,000's to around $3,000 and up. These vehicles are great for traveling in an urban environment while being light on the wallet, but there are other positive benefits as well.


Parking and maneuvering a scooter downtown is easier than a car. They take up less space than cars, so more people switching to scooters will reduce the need for parking spaces, increasing the room available for economic development. Taking more cars off the road also reduces congestion and emissions. Be sure to check out this great article for more on the scooter scene in Cincinnati.


Two-Wheeler Parking Program Update:
The City's Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) has been studying the current two-wheeler parking locations throughout downtown over the past couple of months. In addition to the study they have continued to receive lots of community input about where future locations might be best suited.


From early results, one of the most popular parking locations is the 6th & Walnut spot which also happens to be the closest location to Fountain Square. As a result the City is really trying to find another location with close proximity to Fountain Square to offer the 6th & Walnut parking spots some relief.


So far the City has identified three additional two-wheeler parking locations in the downtown area. Mel Thomas, from the DOTE, is really encouraging people to continue to send ideas for more spots as their next round of studies will start to look at additional neighborhoods outside of the downtown area.


Another item that will eventually be studied is whether to keep the parking spots free for two-wheeler users, or whether the city should start charging some kind of rate for the spots. All of this will be worked out as this is still a "pilot program" and is assumed to have kinks that need to be worked out.


Thomas encourages people to share their thoughts on all this and more by June 5th by sending emails to twowheeler@cincinnati-oh.gov.


Proposed additional two-wheeler parking locations (GoogleMap) Downtown:
  1. 100 Central Parkway (Adjacent to Coffee Emporium, close to the Gateway Garage and Kroger Bldg.)
  2. 639 Main Street (Adjacent to the Aronoff Center - Fifth Third Bank Theatre, close to Fountain Square.)
  3. McFarland Street at Elm Street (Close to the Enquirer Bldg at 312 Elm.)
Photo from Scott Beseler

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cutting our way to prosperity

You may very well have heard of the phrase before, but it is something that I often come back to when discussing budget issues especially during an economically troubling time.


There is no doubt about it that we as a community are facing hard times just like the rest of the nation. Luckily for Cincinnati we have fared better than most, but it is almost guaranteed that during times like these that some people will suggest that the best thing to do is tighten our proverbial belts and hunker down until times get better.


Not only is this contrary to Cincinnati's past where we have built some of our most prominent structures and accomplished some of our most significant feats during tough economic times, but it is a bad move for our communities.


When all the private sector industries are cutting back, and putting people out of work, the last thing we need is government doing the same. What we need to be doing is stabilizing our community investments and looking for opportunities to grow our community and its assets.


Unfortunately the news out today is that Leslie Ghiz (R), who once was a part of the bipartisan coalition of politicians that support the modern streetcar proposal for Cincinnati, is now rescinding her support because of budgetary concerns.


Instead Ghiz would rather "rechannel" $800,000 approved to study Uptown route alternatives , for the proposed streetcar system, to hire two new city prosecutors to "combat blight and nuisance issues" and purchase electronic-monitoring units for Hamilton County so that the county can monitor inmates turned away from county jails who are placed on house arrest.


Not only are the alternatives misguided on a variety of levels, they present the same old tired position in Cincinnati that we stray away from something new, something bold and something that could truly transform the city.


Time and time again we tend to go with safe option and stray away from anything different. While this conservative approach has served us well through many economic downturns by not hurting us too bad, it has also stymied us from becoming the truly great city we could become.


We are no longer considered the "Paris of the west." Nor are we representative of America's first boomtown. Instead we seem to fit right in with many of the beleaguered Midwestern cities who also employ a similar conservative approach when it comes to taking bold and decisive actions on new things.


Public safety certainly is important and it is the core function of what government is charged with doing, but at the same time we can not allow public safety to consume all of our resources especially when they are measures meant to react to crime rather than solving the root issues at play that create the criminal behavior to begin with.


The streetcar in this issue just happens to be the most prominent political ploy at this given time and acts as the scapegoat for politicians like Ghiz. In reality the proposed modern streetcar system will revitalize Cincinnati's center city which will in turn bolster city coffers and allow the entire city and region to be more prosperous.


This prosperity could then in turn be used to fund additional public safety programs or might even act as a means to lifting some people out of poverty and they cycle of crime by providing additional job and economic opportunities. To quote former President Bill Clinton, "it's the economy stupid."

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

This Week In Soapbox 5/19

This Week In Soapbox (TWIS) you can read about Rookwood Pottery's new OTR digs, new restaurants in College Hill and Newport, downtown Cincinnati residential trends, new life for the historic Crosley Building in Camp Washington, a new water sports complex on Cincinnati's upper westside and my feature article on Ohio's 3-C Corridor that would introduce high-speed rail to Ohio's primary metropolitan areas.


If you're interested in staying in touch with some of the latest development news in Cincinnati please check out this week's stories and sign up for the weekly E-Zine sent out by Soapbox Cincinnati.



TWIS 5/19:
  • Linking Ohio through the power of rail - full article
  • College Hill business district welcomes Shhhhh Restaurant - full article
  • Historic Crosley Building may see new life - full article
  • Rookwood Pottery completes first phase of $18M rehabilitation project in OTR - full article
  • Newport Pizza Co. adds locally owned pizzeria to Monmouth - full article
  • Wake Nation brings water sports thrill to Midwest with new Cincinnati park - full article
  • Downtown Cincinnati experiencing steady population growth and stable selling prices - full article

2009 Taste of Cincinnati

The 31st annual Taste of Cincinnati festival takes place this Memorial Day weekend from Saturday through Monday on Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati.


The Taste of Cincinnati is the nation's longest running culinary arts festival and typically draws around 500,000 visitors to the heart of Cincinnati. At this year's event there will be approximately 45 area restaurants and more than 60 musical acts over five stages.


There are nine new restaurants this year including Cafe Istanbul, J. Gumbo's, Keystone Bar and Grill, Kyosin Japanese Restaurant, Mixx Ultra Lounge, Mac's Pizza Pub, Roher's Tavern, United Dairy Farmers and the much anticipated Vitor's Bistro that won two awards at the "Best of Taste" competition.


Each entree being served is $5 or less and the festival is free and open to the public. On Saturday and Sunday, the Taste of Cincinnati will run from noon to midnight and on Monday it will run from noon to 9pm.


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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Farmer's markets come to University of Cincinnati

At the University of Cincinnati students have organized themselves and created a group dedicated to "promoting sustainable and ecological design education, sponsoring student participation in workshops and conferences, and playing an active role in raising environmental design awareness in the community."


As part of that mission, Students for Ecological Design, hosts a farmer's market on UC's main campus. So far there have been two markets, with two left this spring quarter. At these farmer's markets vendors from Findlay and Northside markets come to campus to provide local products like baked goods, fruit and vegetables, jams, plants and assorted crafts to students.


The on-campus farmer's markets are not exclusive to UC students though as vendors are encouraging people in the surrounding neighborhoods to come as well.


The next two farmer's market will be held on Monday, May 18th and Monday, June 1st from 11am to 3pm on McMicken Commons (from Clifton Avenue, walk east into campus past McMicken Hall).

Friday, May 15, 2009

The King is back!

Thanks to new owner, Christian Moerleing Brewing Company, the transformation of Little Kings Cream Ale has been fast-tracked.


New will be the introduction of "12 Kings" - a 12 pack design for the classic seven ounce green bottle. There will also be a complete packaging redesign that includes new "classic styling" of the brand image that plays to the heritage of the Schoenling Brewing Company.


The original tagline of "It's Good To Be King" has also been restored to packaging. Also new will be the return of the Little Kings beer bucket affectionately known as "a bucket of Kings" will serve as a way for bars to serve Little Kings to their customers.


Also of interest to those beer lovers out there is ceremonial keg tapping today at Germania Park hosted by the German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati and Christian Moerlein. The keg tapping is in honor of Cincinnati's great 19th century beer baron, Christian Moerlein, and all proceeds will go to benefit the German-American Citizens League and the Germania Society.


There will be live music, food and a brief presentation about the contributions and anniversary of Christian Moerlein's birth and death (5/13/1818 - 5/14/1897) at 7pm. Guests will also get to see the premiere of the first television commercial for the Christian Moerlein brand in over 20 years. The commercial is titled, "A Journey In Every Bottle" and shows Christian Moerlein Brewing Company's 19th century Cincinnati brewing heritage evolving to today's 21st century handcrafted beers. Detailed event information can be found here.



Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co. is a division of Cincinnati’s Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. makers of handcrafted Moerlein Lagers & Ales.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A busy weekend for Cincinnati

Despite the rainy weather, Cincinnati will be more alive than ever with an abundance of events that should appeal to most everyone.


The Krohn Conservatory will be continuing its Butterflies of India Show until June 31, and is open to the public from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. On Friday, the Conservatory will host Wine Tasting with Amy Tobin from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M., exploring the wine artisans of the Napa and Sonoma valleys.


Be sure to stop by tomorrow morning for Breakfast on the Bridge, a free breakfast held for bicycle commuters that is being hosted by Bike Newport. The event will be held on the Newport side of the Purple People Bridge, and will include Taste of Belgium waffles, fresh fruit, pastries, coffee, milk, and orange juice.


Come celebrate with the MoBo Bicycle Coop as they observe their third annual fundraiser on Saturday, from 7 P.M. to 1 A.M. at Off the Avenue Studios (1546 Knowlton in Northside) The event features a raffle, silent auction, a great music lineup and lots of food and drinks. Tickets are for sale at the door, or at Park+Vine and Shake It Records.


For the weekend, Maifest at MainStrasse in Covington, Kentucky features authentic German and international foods, amusements and arts and crafts booths. On Saturday, from 4:40 to 7:30 P.M., the alternative, country and blues band Kelly Thomas & the Fabulous Pick Ups will perform.


Finally, don't miss out on the Cincinnati Zoo's newest addition. Zoo Babies at the Cincinnati Zoo features an adorable lineup of lovable infants, along with children-friendly concerts by Thaddeus Rex and Miss Lori.


Image from Fox19

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

College Hill Coffee Co. a great anchor to a great NBD

The College Hill neighborhood business district (NBD) is one of my newest favorite NBDs in Cincinnati. It's not often that I'm up that way, but I think I'll be heading there more often after my past few experiences that have left me wanting more out of that neighborhood.


College Hill Coffee Co. is located at the northern end of the business district and is a third place and anchor for the neighborhood. I spent last Wednesday there and it didn't seem like that long until I looked down at my watch and realized I had spent over three hours there.


They have some great coffee, good food offerings, table service, a small retail area and a comfortable environment to hang out that features free wi-fi. Here are a few pictures I grabbed of the interior while I was there.



College Hill Coffee on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

This Week In Soapbox 5/12

This Week In Soapbox (TWIS) will be a weekly feature that highlights the various development news stories I have written for Soapbox Cincinnati. You will most likely see the variety of photographs and some general commentary about the issues and places I have covered in that week's edition on here, but the full stories will never be duplicated.


So if you're interested in staying in touch with some of the latest development news in Cincinnati please check out this week's stories and sign up for the weekly E-Zine sent out by Soapbox Cincinnati.



TWIS 5/12:
  • May means it's bike month in Cincinnati - full article
  • Green Township adding 6th park to commemorate bicentennial - full article
  • Experienced Over-the-Rhine developer sees bright future for neighborhood, business - full article
  • Christ Hospital Imaging Center opens and earns LEED Silver certification - full article
  • SouthShore tower most recent jewel added along the Ohio River - full article
  • Cincinnati's two-wheeler parking program taking next step, needs community input - full article

Findlay Market now open Tuesdays

Ohio's oldest open-air market and Cincinnati's historic Over-the-Rhine landmark will now have expanded hours of operations as Findlay Market will now be open an additional day with extended hours throughout the week.


Tuesday will now be added to the days of operation for Findlay Market starting today. The rest of the weekdays will see an hour of extended business in the evening to 6pm, and the market will open an hour earlier at 10am on Sundays at the request of both merchants and shoppers.


Also new will be weekly Wine Tastings at Market Wines every Tuesday from 3pm-6pm. The revised weekly hours of operation can be seen below.


Tuesday: 9am - 6pm (Wine tastings from 3pm-6pm)
Wednesday: 9am - 6pm
Thursday: 9am - 6pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 8am - 6pm (Biergarten open 11am-5pm)
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Monday, May 11, 2009

SouthShore oozes luxury

The SouthShore condominium tower dominates the Newport riverfront with its Miami-esque design that features floor to ceiling windows and luxury amenities that can be found nowhere else. I was able to tour the building over the weekend and grab some pictures. So far about 65% of the building's residential space has been sold with condos ranging from $300,000 to $3,000,000.


The tower is roughly 240' tall with 17 floors of living space and 4 floors of parking. The amenities include a fitness center, a rooftop amenity deck that includes a pool, putting green, walking trail, gardens, sundeck and clubhouse. SouthShore was also recently approved for a 100-slip marina that will primarily serve residents but also be available for rent to the public.


There are 21 photos in the slideshow of the two model units, rooftop amenity deck, lobby and exterior.


Friday, May 8, 2009

Five Guys, Donatos joining the Clifton Heights restaurant mix

If you're one of those people with an insatiable appetite for more dining option in Clifton Heights then this will be exciting news for you - Cincinnati's first Five Guys Burgers and Fries location will be opening up along Calhoun Street at the base of the University Park apartment building.


Donatos will also be opening up a location in the same building which will make this their first location in the Uptown area.


Both are going to be great additions since 1) college students can never have enough pizza and Donatos offers some good subs to boot and 2) Five Guys is amazing and will be the first real burger joint for the university area and like I said...great stuff.


With these two new additions it will nearly fill up the street-level retail space along Calhoun Street created by University Park. The majority is filled by restaurant tenants (Panera Bread, Currito, BW3, Potbelly) although there is also a 5/3 Banking Center, FedEx Office, T-Mobile and GameStop. A Ben & Jerry's closed down last year.


Still lacking in that general area in terms of retail would be an affordable, yet attractive clothing store. I have always said that I think a Aeropostale would do tremendous business there. They used to advertise a lot at university events and their key demographic seems to be college students and that age group. Just throwing it out there.


Also noteworthy is that the Wendy's inside UC's Tangeman University Center will be replaced by a Burger King, Jump (asian food) will be replaced by "sushi concept" run by UC's food services and Freshens will be leaving with a Chic-fil-A taking its spot.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Urbanspoon

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Singles Night at the Reds game tonight

Tonight is Singles Night at the Reds vs. Brewers game tonight. First pitch is at 7:10pm, but the fun starts at the Fan Zone (behind the first base concourse) with a dating game, that will award a variety of prizes to contestants, at 6:30pm.



The game will also have a five-stop Pub Crawl where fans can stop for free giveaways including:

  1. Fan Zone - Budweiser/Cincinnati Reds H3 Trailer, Bud Girls and free beer coupon
  2. Club Red - Coupon for a free UDF malt
  3. Machine Room Grille - PNC Virtual Wallet and Reds magnetic schedule
  4. All-You-Can-Eat Seats - Coupon for a free Chipotle burrito
  5. Third Base Bar (Terrace Level – behind section 110) - Cincinnati Bell/BlackBerry giveaway

Plus on top of all this singles fun the Reds are playing some great baseball. The game will most likely pit Cincinnati's pitcher/hitter Micah Owings (1-3) against Milwaukee's Braden Looper (2-1). We're also fighting with the Brewers for second in the NL Central...so get out there and support your hometown team.



Other Singles Night Specials:
  • A $5 beer will be available in all locations except Machine Room Grille, and a specialty drink will be available in all locations except the All-You-Can-Eat Seats.
  • Be sure to stop by the Fan Zone when you arrive to the ballpark to pick up your wristband in order to take part in the Chipotle Singles Night festivities.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Joseph Williams Home in the Gateway Quarter

At the end of 2008 Joseph Williams Home joined the growing Gateway Quarter business community. Their street-level location, at the Trideca Lofts building, is both gorgeous and unique.


The furniture and home accessories store's location at 1232 Vine Street (GoogleMap) is a short move from their previous location on Reading Road in the Pendleton neighborhood. The move was critical for Joseph Williams Home as it comes to business. The new location offers more foot traffic and puts the store in the heart of one of Cincinnati's most unique and up-and-coming business districts.


Joseph Williams Home originally opened at their Pendleton location in January 2008. The new location, on Vine Street, is open 11am to 7pm Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4pm on Sundays.


If you haven't yet been to their new location you must go. Here are some interior photos I grabbed a couple of days ago for you to enjoy in the mean time. Those arched doorways are to die for.




Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Soapbox articles 5/5

In addition to running UrbanCincy, working and going to school I am now also writing for Soapbox Cincinnati. I write the articles for the Development News section and my first articles are in this week's edition that came out today.


Feel free to go and check out the following stories and please sign up for the weekly Soapbox E-Zine so that you don't miss an issue.



In this week's issue you will find the following articles written by yours truly:
  • Urban gardening taking root in Cincinnati - full article
  • Queensgate Terminals project heats up - full article
  • Historic house tours fill Mother's Day weekend - full article
  • New Cincinnati Herald building wins regional award for green building techniques - full article
  • New residents drive 28% growth for Findlay Market, new Biergarten and extended hours - full article
  • Christopher Marcus Salon opens downtown location - full article

Also be sure to check out the following In The News bits:
  • Cincinnati's Gateway Quarter and the Streetcar - full article
  • Hamilton County unveils new development process - full article
  • UC dancers on top of the world - full article
  • NIEHS teams with federal and city groups to conduct disaster response training exercise - full article
  • Ohio wins national award for alternative-fuel-use scorecard - full article
  • St. E’s roof will bloom in July - full article
  • An upscale pastry store thrives by finding new markets - full article
  • Terry's Turf Club makes Food Network Magazine's "ultimate burger" list - full article

5/4/09 Construction Update Photos

Over-the-Rhine:
Fourteenth+Vine infill project (W. 14th & Vine), beautiful new construction

Lackman Lofts renovation project (13th & Vine), check out the huge balconies

Mottainai Lofts renovation project (13th & Republic), beautiful colors/details

Tender Mercies renovation project (12th & Republic)

Beautiful building on Vine Street just south of the Fourteenth+Vine infill project. This would make for a great office building. I doubt it will sit for long.
View more construction photo updates from Over-the-Rhine here.


Hyde Park:
The Residences at 2801 Erie condo building, nice density and modern architecture for Hyde Park
View more construction photo updates of 2801 Erie here.


Avondale:
Cincinnati Herald Building on Burnet Avenue, the Herald will occupy the top two floors with the street-level spaces being used for retail and possibly a restaurant.


View more construction photo updates of Burnet Avenue projects here.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Venice on Vine pizza party & fundraiser

Over-the-Rhine's Venice on Vine is not only a great place to grab a bite to eat, but it's also an employment education program of Power Inspires Progress, and on May 8th you can help raise money for the cause while enjoying an all you can eat buffet for just $15.


The Pizza Party will take place from 5pm to 9pm this Friday, May 8th at the Venice on Vine Pizza Parlor (GoogleMap). The event is labeled as "BYOB" and will also have live music. If you're unable to attend, but would still like to make a contribution then you can make a donation to Power Inspires Progress (PIP) by mailing it to 1301 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Donations are tax deductible and will benefit PIP's employment education program.


It is also worth noting that Venice on Vine has made several notable improvements to their Vine Street location recently that include new tile work, signage and window decals. The improvements definitely give the establishment a more permanent feel and add to the character of the neighborhood.



Venice on Vine photo courtesy of Flickr user sarah.szurpicki.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Cincinnati Innovation Contest

Have an idea floating around in your head, well make it happen and share it with the world through the Cincinnati Innovation Contest. Learn more here...


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Better bicycle infrastructure = higher usership

Great video showing what can happen if you provide adequate bicycle infrastructure in a city. People will commute to work, go shopping and visit friends all by bicycle. Don't take my word for it though...


Friday, May 1, 2009

Movie Nights on Fountain Square - 2009

Movie Night on the Square starts this Saturday with the showing of Run Fatboy Run in honor of this weekend's Flying Pig Marathon. The movie is scheduled to start at 7:30pm (previews start at 7pm) and has a 100 minute running time.


The weekly movie nights will run every Saturday from now through September 12th (no movies on 5/23 or 9/5 due to the Taste of Cincinnati and Oyster Fest). Most nights include two movies with a 7:30 and 9:30 showing.


The event is free and open to the public, and people are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and pillows. Adult beverages, soft drinks and movie snacks are also available for purchase. Also available throughout the 2009 season are Skyline Chili cheese coneys, soft pretzels, nachos, candy bars and kettle corn.


Highlights of this year's movie schedule include The Dark Knight (8/15), Independence Day (7/4), Antz (8/8), Bee Movie (8/22), Jurassic Park (5/16) and E.T. (9/12). See the full schedule of movies here.



Photo by Jayson from Cincinnati Images

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