CityBeat - 20th Anniversary http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-276-1-20th_anniversary.html <![CDATA[What Was It Like When...Gannett Started a Weekly? - ]]>

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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<![CDATA[1994: Urban Redevelopment and the Future of Cincinnati - The Story: “Toe-to-Toe in Over-the-Rhine,” issue of Nov. 17, 1994]]>

Ah, Volume 1, Issue 1, sporting that new newspaper smell.

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<![CDATA[1995: Rise of the Religious Right - The Story: “On Strings and a Prayer,” issue of July 6, 1995]]>

Issue 3 was a painful blot on Cincinnati’s civic psyche, marking the city’s official anti-gay stance for 11 long years.

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<![CDATA[1996: Those Damn Stadiums - The Story: “2 Minute Warning,” issues of Feb. 22 & 29 and March 7, 1996]]>

Looking back over 20 years, it’s fascinating to review the CityBeat archives to see how hundreds of people, decisions and events built Cincinnati into what it is today.

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<![CDATA[1997: Emerging Underground Arts - The Story: “Breaking Through,” issue of Feb. 6, 1997]]>

Rick Pender has been writing about Cincinnati’s live theater scene for almost 30 years now.

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<![CDATA[1998: Arts Spurring Downtown Development - The Story: “Building a Better City,” issue of Feb. 5, 1998]]>

By the mid-’90s, the Contemporary Arts Center and its downtown surroundings were struggling.

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<![CDATA[1999: Please? - The Story: “That’s Soooo Cincinnati!,” issue of Sept. 16, 1999]]>

When you live in a middling Rust Belt city in a vanilla Midwestern state with exactly average demographics, you cling to anything remotely unique about being a Cincinnatian.

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<![CDATA[2000: Creationism Vs. Evolution - The Story: “Evolution of a Controversy,” issue of Sept. 14, 2000]]>

 A new tourist attraction had just secured land near Burlington, Ky., in fall 2000 with the dream of using dinosaur statues to teach families that the Earth is just 6,000 years old and dinosaurs were part of the animal throng on Noah’s Ark.

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<![CDATA[2003: Saving a Life - The Story: “Bloody Shoes and Snitches,” issue of April 9, 2003]]>

We founded CityBeat in order to, as early 1900s muckraker journalists put it, comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

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<![CDATA[2001: The Riots and the Aftermath - The Story: “Cincinnati MUST,” issue of Aug. 9, 2001]]>

A 19-year-old named Timothy Thomas, known to Cincinnati Police due to a string of outstanding traffic warrants, bolted from the cops one night in April 2001, leading them on a wild chase through Over-the-Rhine.

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<![CDATA[2002: Cincinnati Wants, Needs Young Professionals - The Story: “Why We Left Cincinnati,” issue of October 31, 2002]]>

You have to wonder how many in DAAP’s 2015 graduating class will be looking for their first jobs in Cincinnati instead of bolting.

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<![CDATA[2004: The Soundtrack of Our Lives - The Story: “Last Call,” issue of Oct. 20, 2004]]>

A huge staff favorite back in the day was Guided By Voices, the Garage Rock outfit from Dayton led by energetic singer/songwriter Bob Pollard.

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<![CDATA[2005: Classical Arts Stretch Out - The Story: “Opening the Door,” issue of July 13, 2005]]>

 In Cincinnati arts, everything old can be new again.

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<![CDATA[2006: Profiles in Politics - The Stories: Ken Blackwell, Sherrod Brown and Ted Strickland, issues of Aug. 16, Sept. 27 & Oct. 18, 2006]]>

CityBeat has been fortunate over the years to exchange ideas, stories and designs with our alternative press colleagues across the U.S. and Canada.

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<![CDATA[2007: Odes to Joy - The Stories: MusicNOW, Scribble Jam, MidPoint and CEAs, issues of April 4, Aug. 8, Sept. 26 & Nov. 14, 2007]]>

One of our favorite words at CityBeat is “emerging,” probably second only to “alternative.” Third place goes to “fuck.”

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<![CDATA[2008: Shifting Gears on Bike Infrastructure - The Story: “No One Rides for Free,” issue of Sept. 3, 2008]]>

By the late-2000s, the merits of investing in urban cycling infrastructure were well known outside of Cincinnati.

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<![CDATA[2009: Riding the Rails - The Story: “Train Wreck,” issue of Jan. 7, 2009]]>

Progressives have been trying for decades to improve Cincinnati public transportation.

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<![CDATA[2010: Food for Thought - The Story: “The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Cincinnati,” issue of May 12, 2010]]>

Food is necessary for survival, yes, but we also considered food a necessary subject for an alternative weekly paper.

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<![CDATA[2011: It’s Easier Being Green - The Story: “The Green Issue,” issue of April 13, 2011]]>

A key theme of this CityBeat anniversary section is that many lifestyle choices considered “alternative” at some point in our 20 years are now fairly mainstream as Cincinnati has evolved.

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<![CDATA[2012: The Sporting Life - The Stories: Aroldis Chapman and Ralph David Abernathy IV, issues of July 11 and Dec. 19, 2012]]>

Cincinnatians love sports, as does your friendly neighborhood altweekly.

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