Downtown Cincinnati

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The Redlegs Run, benefitting the Reds Community Fund, is being held Saturday, June 2 starting at 8 a.m., closing some Downtown roads as early as 5 a.m. 

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It has nothing to do with FC Cincinnati being granted a Major League Soccer franchise

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'Tis the season for charity walks and races, and as such some Downtown roads will close again this weekend. 

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Empty-nesters, out-of-towners, and young professionals are moving to downtown Cincinnati at an increasing rate. Hundreds of apartments and condominiums are finished and many more are under construction. But is there a sense of community?

BLINK, coming to Cincinnati in October, is a community light festival that will happen throughout downtown, Over the Rhine and Findlay Market. 

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It’s a place for creative people and business owners alike to bring their ideas to life: the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Branch's MakerSpace

Longtime Cincinnatians will remember the tea rooms that were permanent fixtures in many downtown department stores like Shillito's, Pogue's, McAlpin's and others. 

Author Cynthia Kuhn Beischel has researched and written about these bygone establishments – and discovered some of these classic recipes - for her book Lost Tea Rooms of Downtown Cincinnati: Reflections & Recipes, and she talks about it all with our Jim Stump.

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Update 05/04/16 @ 3:50 PM:   The full Cincinnati Council voted Wednesday to approve a zoning change to allow a 25-story apartment building to be constructed on the city's riverfront near the Purple People Bridge.

Vice Mayor David Mann cast the only vote against the zoning change.  He said he is concerned about the building's height in that location.

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The former Cincinnati Enquirer building on Vine Street in Downtown is now a hotel. Two hotels, actually. It now houses a Hampton Inn and a Homewood Suites, both Hilton Hotel franchises owned and operated by SREE Hotels.

The dual hotel concept is a new one. "This is the new trend in hospitality," says SREE Hotels President/CEO Vinay Patel. "This is a little unique, stacked on top of one another."

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Crews are putting the finishing touches on the remodeled Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) lobby.  There's a new entrance sign, new lighting, and a coffee bar and kitchen.

Jim Stapleton with the design team of FRCH says while the area around 6th and Walnut has prospered, it didn't feel like the CAC had kept up.  He says one change is color changing LED lights that have been added to the supporting columns in the lobby.

Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday on proposals to bring more liquor licenses to Downtown.  The city would set up two new community entertainment districts that could allow for 21 additional bars.  

Attorney Brad Thomas described how the districts work Monday during city council’s Neighborhood committee meeting.

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Cincinnati's building department took samples of "suspect asbestos containing materials" Sunday from the rubble of a three-story building on West Court Street that collapsed Saturday night.

Meanshile, West Court Street between Elm and Race streets remained closed Monday while crews continue to clean up after a three-story building collapsed Friday night.

Rocky Merz, the city's director of communications, said the materials are being tested to see if asbestos was present in the building, which was built in 1865.

Santa swimming with sharks or rappelling down a skyscraper, live Nativity scenes, an authentic German Christmas market, a Victorian Christmas, all manner, types and styles of trains, lights and music -  there'’s even a Reindog parade. Greater Cincinnati knows how to enjoy the holidays. Tricia Suit, director of marketing for Downtown Cincinnati Inc.; Rebecca Calkin, manager of digital communication for ArtsWave; and Mike Deininger, co-owner of MiCA 12/v and president of the Central Vine Street Business Association, give us a sample of the many events around town that celebrate the season. For more information on holiday happenings, check out the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. and Artswave's Choose Your Own Holiday Arts Adventure sites.

The offices of dunnhumby USA are still under construction but the parking garage beneath those offices is open.  City leaders cut the ribbon on the 1,000 space garage Monday morning.  Construction on the project at 5th and Race began in January 2013.   

The building includes six floors of parking and three floors of office space, with retail on the ground floor.

The president of PNC Bank, Kay Geiger, calls the project "transformative."

Introducing Dick Waller's Art Place

Oct 31, 2014

Cincinnati treasure Dick Waller is starting his third career at age 86 with the opening of his own art studio – Dick Waller’s Art Place - on West Court Street in downtown. Dick has teamed up with local gallery owner Sylvia Rombus and they are in our studio to talk about this new venture with Anne Arenstein.

  The 13th annual MidPoint Music Festival kicks off this Thursday, offering festival goers three days of music, fun, food and drink, in various venues throughout Over the Rhine and downtown. While headliners at this year’'s MidPoint are The Afghan Whigs, Chromeo and OK Go, the festival continues to embrace emerging artists, the bands people will be talking about next year.

Downtown Cincinnati is full of flashing construction arrow signs and traffic cones blocking streets...causing delays for workers and visitors.  

City spokeswoman Meg Olberding said it is part of a "growth explosion."

“In my time at the city, I don’t remember quite this much construction happening in a concentrated area of the CBD, The banks and Over-the-Rhine,” Olberding said.  “Obviously you do one thing one place, and it has a ripple effect.”

There are various projects including streetcar construction, Duke Energy utility work and private developments.  

Books by the Banks 2013

Sep 16, 2013
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It is time for the Seventh Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati USA Book Festival on Saturday, October 12.

This free, family-friendly event features over 100 national and regional authors, panel discussions, book readings and a fun kid’s zone.

Here are some interviews with authors appearing at this year's Books by the Banks:

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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 Art Circle at the Essex Studios' current exhibit, entitled “Quench Your Thirst for Art,” is on display inside Venue 222, a downtown meeting space for corporate and social events located on 14th Street.

I was fortunate to get some insight into both the artwork and the facility itself from Debbie Dent, owner of Venue 222, and Connie Springer from the Art Circle.

What does it mean to be awesome?

The Awesome Foundation, started in Boston in 2009, set out to discover just that.  The Foundation provides one-time $1,000 grants, with no strings attached, to people who can create – in their words - "flashes of micro-brilliance."

5th Street Gallery

May 24, 2013

Jane Durrell welcomes in to our studio two of the local artists behind the 5th Street Gallery, a collaborative of a wide variety of artists in many different media. Ober-Rae Livingstone is an artist and manager of the Gallery, and former Enquirer reporter-turned-fulltime artist Sara Pearce, discuss the role of the gallery and its heart-of-the-city location at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel.

Tom + Chee, a grilled cheese and tomato soup shop that started in a tent on Fountain Square is taking the next big step.

Owners Cory Ward and Trew Quackenbush will pitch their brand of grilled cheese to the panel on ABC's "Shark Tank" on Friday, May 17.

Surrounded by friends and family, Ward and Quackenbush made the announcement at their Court St. location this morning.

Photos: Cinciditarod 2013

Mar 2, 2013
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For the past three years Cincinnati has held a shopping cart race around downtown to raise money for the local Freestore Foodbank.

This year's Cinciditarod took place around downtown Cincinnati and over the bridge into Newport, KY.

Contestants form teams, put on costumes, and decorate carts to race. There are checkpoints where the contestants are asked to eat, drink, dance, and even pose with Mr. Redlegs.

Teams have two and half hours to complete all the checkpoints before making it back to Fountain Square, the finish line.

Team Hoist won this year.

James Davis is most often found performing on the corner of 9th and Main downtown, many times with his nephew.  When I met with him, he spoke openly about the challenges that face street musicians in Cincinnati and around the country.

James also sells StreetVibes, a locally-produced newspaper that advocates for the homeless.

When I ran into Daniel & DeShawn, they were surrounded by kids who were dancing and playing various musical instruments and just having a great time at Findlay Market

I spoke with them about interacting in the community through the medium of music, what they do when the weather gets colder and what other difficulties face street musicians in the city.

Bonita Price was a music major at The Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) and Central State University but took some time off to raise her family.  She is now a practicing street musician to hone her voice and to provide income since she was laid off from the Jim Beam distillery when it closed its Cincinnati plant in 2011.

I caught up with Bonita at Cincinnati’s Findlay Market - Ohio's oldest continuously-operated public market.

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Cincinnati will officially welcome the holiday season Friday evening with the Light Up the Square event. 

The holiday decorations and the tree on Fountain Square will be turned on for the first time.

Festivities will begin at 6PM, with live music from Eclipse and the Cincy Brass, and a special performance by SCPA’s musical theater group.

Revelers can also expect special appearances from the likes of Drew and Lea Lachey, as well as Santa Claus.

Fountain Square will also feature plenty of food, music, ice skating and a fireworks show.

We are now full in to the holidays, and downtown Cincinnati is lit up, the skating rink is open, and businesses and restaurants are ready for shoppers and diners. Tricia Suit, the director of marketing with Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. joins Mark Perzel with information on special holiday events happening in and around Fountain Square during this holiday season.


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