Over the Rhine

It’s time again for 100’s of local, regional and national bands to perform in and around Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine during the MidPoint Music Festival. With headliners this year like Heartless Bastards, Purity Ring, Iron & Wine and others, Dan Bockrath, the executive director, fills in all the details for this year’s festival in a talk with Frank Johnson.

Ensemble Theater Cincinnati is celebrating its 30th season with a mix of classics, new plays, and a musical, tales from a fighter pilot turned drone operator to the magical world of Cinderella.

The Miami University Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine establishes collaborations between the University and community groups in the neighborhood, providing opportunities for student, faculty, and community learning, in an environment that fosters and supports social justice and community transformation.

Cincy Summer Streets, a celebration of our largest public space - our streets - is back for its second year, bigger and better. This time around, Cincy Summer Streets will take place on two different dates, in two different parts of town, Northside and Over the Rhine, where streets will be closed-off to traffic to create a car-free space for everyone to play, run, walk, bike, skate, dance, create art, and connect with their neighbors.

Over-the-Rhine has transformed into one of Cincinnati'’s most vibrant neighborhoods, for both residents and tourists to the city. Now you can stroll through OTR and learn more about its German heritage and architecture, with the Over-the-Rhine Tour Guide: Cincinnati's Historic German District, Over-the-Rhine, and Environs.

A retail store that changes out inventory based on seasonal themes is coming to Main Street in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood.

Sarah Ramsey

A Cincinnati Council committee will have two proposals to consider for bringing residential parking permits to portions of Over-the-Rhine.  

City administrators had a plan ready to be implemented.  But Council rejected it last month and the rules say it cannot come back without being changed.  

Mayor John Cranley has an OTR parking proposal without a specific fee for the permits.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Crews this week are putting up the overhead wires in Over-the-Rhine that will power the Cincinnati streetcar.  Crews worked Wednesday along Elm Street, between 14th and Henry. 

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.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cincinnati Police are pointing to CIRV, the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence, as making a dent in Over the Rhine crime.

Shootings are down 74-percent and robberies 12-percent. Assistant Chief Jim Whalen says police are in the process of arresting 83 people, mostly drug dealers, who operate to the west of the trendy bar and restaurant area. They started identifying the suspects about four months ago.