Days after four Kent State students were shot and killed by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, UC closed the campus indefinitely. Students from other closed schools had been spotted on campus mingling with UC protesters, and disruption was feared from "outside agitators." Students simply went home, and few graduating seniors attended commencement. Forty years later, the UC Alumni Association is holding a special anniversary commencement for the Class of '70.
It was a time when politics were upside down, when elites were rarely mentioned and a backlash had already occurred when Richard Nixon was elected president in 1968. It was a time when college campuses were battlegrounds, when the angriest voices were found there and on urban streets and had faces and names.
Richard Lambert dropped by the St. Bernard Municipal Building Feb. 10 and studied the huge exhibit boards displaying aerial photos of an eight-mile stretch of I-75 reaching from the Western Hills Viaduct in the south to the Paddock Road interchange to the north. His home will be a casualty of the interstate project to widen and improve safety and ease congestion along this stretch of I-75. "I'm not upset, that's just how it is," said Lambert, who said his was one of about eight homes in his neighborhood that will be demolished in about a year. "I hate to give up my home, but it's for the best. They need to fix that mess. That intersection is a nightmare."
The Over-the-Rhine Brewery District hasn't been so much neglected as forgotten. But the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation is concentrating on that part of the neighborhood north of Liberty, incorporating Findlay Market and extending north to McMicken Avenue and the foothill of Clifton Heights. That was the goal behind the design charrette held Jan. 17 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Over-the-Rhine, organized by a number of groups that included the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, American Institute of Architects Cincinnati chapter and the Art Academy of Cincinnati.