The 2010 Best of Cincinnati issue is upon us, and once again you’re being called on to decide the winners of the readers poll. It’s your sacred duty to help bestow the honor of “Best of Cincinnati” on deserving people, places, businesses and organizations.
According to livability.com, Cincinnati is ranked No. 10 in the list of 2013's "Top 10 Spring Break Destinations for Families: Quick Getaways."
Livability chose their top 10 destinations based on the cities that make the most of the short amount of time spring break offers. They used their city database along with Trip Advisor, Expedia and Yelp reviews to find places that have "temperate climates along with lots of attractions, parks, natural areas, affordable hotels and kid-friendly restaurants."
But as a friend just commented: "Do they know we don't have a beach?" Apparently. Because things they're really excited we do have include one of the "top-ranked and oldest zoos" in the country along with the Cincinnati Art Museum, the 21c Museum Hotel and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. And an IKEA, "which has a free supervised play area for kids." They really love the Newport Aquarium and our parks (Eden Park and Ault Park) as well.
Their list of Must-Do Activities and Attractions?
Hi, friends! CityBeat this weekend will be running two live chats — one during the UC-West Virginia basketball game Saturday and another during the SAG Awards Sunday. Feel free to stop by and share your thoughts on Bob Huggins' return to Cincinnati (maybe he'll wear the mustard yellow suit — have to join our chat to find out) or how honestly Mark Zuckerberg was portrayed in The Social Network (we heard everything in the film was true).
If you're heading out for the StreetScapes street painting festival in Clifton, be advised they've moved it indoors to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (Clifton Avenue and McAlpin across from Fairview-Clifton German Language School). Rain plus chalk plus asphalt don't mix, so unfortunately we won't get to enjoy seeing masterpiece artworks being reproduced on Telford Avenue this year — but the show will go on.
StreetScapes is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Details here.
New lights are still being installed, with the official relighting scheduled for tonight to coincide with the Bengals-Steelers Monday Night Football broadcast.
If you're angry about how much you owe today in federal and/or state taxes or bewildered at how difficult it is to properly fill out the 1040 and want to blame someone for something, check out Kevin Osborne's current Porkopolis column about the relative pittance that corporate America pays in taxes. Our favorite line, addressed mostly to the anti-government Tea Partiers: The excesses of Big Business have far more of a direct, harmful impact on the average person than the excesses of Big Government.
As expected, the freshly painted and lighted Roebling Suspension Bridge made several appearances on last night's ESPN telecast of the Bengals-Steelers game. Also as expected, the Bengals failed to win ... but that's another blog post for another time.
Matt Cunningham has an interesting story in this week's CityBeat about the volunteer group Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee, which is responsible for the bridge's new decorative lighting.