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The Cat with 166,000 Friends

Behind the grassroots viral sensation that is Lil Bub, it’s just a cat and her dude

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Seeing Lil Bub in person is just as magical as you’d expect. The Internet sensation, referred to online as a “perma-kitten” due to her cartoonlike baby cat appearance, is as unusual and hypnotically adorable as she appears on her daily Facebook photos that reel in an average of 10,000 likes each. 
  

Symbiotic Systems

Kyle McGrath and Brad Ostendorf of URBTank strive to produce healthy, all-natural ingredients using aquaponics

2 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Two 23-year-olds growing plants in an Over-the-Rhine basement sounds like the beginnings of a Seth Rogen blockbuster, but housed in a six-story Apex warehouse on McMicken Avenue is the newest contribution to Cincinnati’s sustainable agriculture initiative.    

Top 10 Misrepresentations of the Cincinnati Streetcar Project

13 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Most anti-streetcar talking points are perpetuated without proper context, but they’ve still been effective in rallying a libertarian-style argument against government spending, despite the potential benefits. 
  

Farm Fresh

Chef Ryan Santos provides a literal farm-to-table al fresco dining experience at Carriage House Farm

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
 On a recent Saturday, Chef Ryan Santos of Please, a mobile dining pop-up, uses pages from old copies of CityBeat to light a fire. Santos moves quietly and efficiently between trays of colorful but gnarled carrots, turning them gently over the brick-lined grates as the afternoon warms.   

Cultivating Connections

Deeper Roots Coffee brings excellence and community to Cincinnati from the heart of Central America

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
By building lasting relationships with producers, local coffee roasters are able to secure a high quality product straight from the source, which helps both sides avoid the economic problems that come with global distribution. 
  

From the Inside

Inmates told CityBeat about violence, staff ineptitude and unsanitary conditions inside Ohio’s private prison. Then came the surprise inspections.

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
CityBeat has obtained letters and emails from two prisoners and their families confirming fights, lockdowns and unsanitary conditions at the Lake Erie prison in northeastern Ohio, which became the first state prison to be sold to a private company.
  

Navigating the Novelties

The Cincy Fringe Festival returns to Over-the-Rhine in all its fringy glory

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
My first tip: Don’t think you can outwit the Fringe. I like to say that the festival is best described as theater roulette. Give the cylinder a whirl, pull the trigger and see what comes at you. Sometimes it might be what you expect, but more often than not you’ll be surprised.   

Reflections Eternal

The quintessential Patti Smith discusses Mapplethorpe, her time in Cincinnati and an upcoming Contemporary Arts Center exhibition and concert

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Both Smith and Mapplethorpe found their place, of course, and became famous — she as a quintessential alternative-rocker and he as one of the country’s top fine-art photographers.   

Everybody Snacked, Nobody Crashed

Three CityBeat staffers do things on bikes they'd normally do in a car

0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
A surprising thing happens when you carve out some time in your schedule to travel by bike, even if you’re not an expert — it’s a lot less complicated than it seems, and it’s likely to be a lot more fun than you expect.
  

Bicycles Through the Ages

A generally agreed upon timeline of major bicycle developments

0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
With a collective interest in making people travel faster and farther with less effort, the public praised, poked and prodded the two-wheeled (sometimes three- and four-wheeled) machine at each level of its improvement.  

State of the Bike Union in Four B's

1 Comment · Thursday, May 2, 2013
The gears are always shifting in Cincinnati’s ever-evolving bike community, but here’s a quick progress report that proves Cincinnati cyclists are doing a whole lot more than spinning their wheels.    

Pedal Pushers

Organized rides in the Queen City

0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
Recreational bicycling groups are popping up around the city. And if you’re apprehensive about bike riding again as an adult — either for safety reasons, lack of city riding experience, fear of cars or you just don’t know where to go — roll up to an organized ride.  

The Chastity Bunch

Ohio Republicans continue their ill-conceived war on sex education, women’s rights and health care for the poor

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Progressives often argue that society has made great strides, but looking at the budget proposal passed by the Republican-controlled Ohio House, there seems to be a strong reluctance by conservatives in power to accept the scientific and social progress made in the past few decades.
  

The Linguistics of Legislation

Reviewing the outdated, overly conservative and just plain funny laws still on the books

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
We decided to look into Ohio and Northern Kentucky laws to see if there was anything else totally absurd (possibly sexist) left in writing in the Ohio Revised Code/Cincinnati Municipal Code/other codes. And there was nothing too bizarre, but some of the laws’ requirements and wording are hilarious, incredibly obvious and/or idiotic.
  

Pale as a Ghost Sign

Nostalgically seeking the faded, painted advertising signs of decades past

4 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Signs alluding to a now-defunct echo of the city’s past — known as “ghost signs” — are slowly being worn away by years of corrosion all around Cincinnati.