Provided, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

The focus will be on food this weekend at the 37th annual Taste of Cincinnati. 

Provided, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber


It'’s difficult to remember, and hard to image now, the first Taste of Cincinnati in 1979 lasted one day, and attracted 5,000 people. Today, the nation’'s longest-running culinary arts festival is three days long and brings an estimated 500,000 people downtown to experience the food, drink, and entertainment of Cincinnati. Joining us for a rundown on this weekend’'s Taste of Cincinnati are Rich Walburg, communications director with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Chuck Huckabee from Market Street Grille, a 2015 multiple Best of Taste winner; and, comedian Josh Sneed, who is coordinator for Taste of Cincinnati's Taste of Comedy.

Jay Hanselman

There is a new plan to redevelop the old Pogue's garage at the corner of Fourth and Race in Downtown Cincinnati.  

Final development details were worked out over the weekend and the full city council could approve the deal Wednesday.  

The proposal calls for 3CDC to build and operate a 925-space parking garage with 25,000 square feet of street level retail space.  

Downtown drivers can expect Seventh Street to be down to one lane between Main and Walnut streets starting Monday, due to electric utility work for the streetcar project.

Main Street is also being reduced to one lane between Sixth and Seventh streets. There will be no left turn on to Main Street from Seventh and motorists are advised to get to Main Street via Sycamore to Sixth Street.

The lane closures will last for about a month, said John Deatrick, the project executive for the Cincinnati streetcar project.

Cincinnati is offering Pure Romance more than $850,000 in tax credits to move its company headquarters from Loveland to Downtown.  

City Council will vote on the deal Wednesday.

In return the city will get nearly $3.4 million in payroll taxes during the 10 year deal.  Pure Romance will bring 88 jobs to the old Delta building at the corner of Plum and Seventh Streets.  That number will likely increase to 126 employees in about three years.

Interim Economic Development Director Jeff McElravy presented the details Tuesday to a Council committee.


Architects say they're about a month or two away from having a final design for the new dunnhumbyUSA building at the corner of Fifth and Race in downtown Cincinnati.  

Officials updated the city's Urban Design Review Board Tuesday about their preliminary work.  They said the challenge is to design a contemporary building that fits into the existing urban fabric of the city.  Architects say the outside of the building will be pre-cast concrete and lots of glass.  The concrete will have a dark color and will feature some texture.  

The Banks Partnership

New details are being released about the next phase of the Banks project along the Ohio river.

Phase II A will feature a nine-story building running the length of Second Street from the Freedom Center to Race Street.

The development will include 305 apartments and 21,000 square feet of retail space.

Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials are slated to sign off on the project later this month. If everything moves on schedule, construction would begin in December with an expected opening date in fall 2015.

From a release:

Cincinnati Council could vote this week on an alternate financing plan to redevelop the old Pogue’s garage at the corner of Fourth and Race downtown.

Developer David Flaherty, who’s company is planning the project, told city council’s budget and finance committee it would do several things.

The Nutcracker

Dec 7, 2012

It’s time again for another of Cincinnati’s great holiday traditions, the Cincinnati Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Robyn Carey-Allgeyer talks with the Ballet’s Production Manager Robert Eubanks about this, the second year of the revamped production that wowed audiences last year. Some tweaks have been made to further enhance the production and the audience’s enjoyment of this timeless classic.

Downtown Holiday Windows

Nov 9, 2012

Downtown’s Landor Asssociates will bring back the feeling of years gone by when they decorate the windows in their building, which once was the Shillito’s department store. These windows, while they may bring back memories of family visits downtown in the past, are very 21st century with modern interpretations of classic holiday scenes with an interactive multi-media display. Scott Dannenfelser, Landor’s design director for brand environment, joins Lee Hay to talk about why Landor has resurrected this tradition and what visitors can expect.