0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The third-annual Taste of OTR is a
family-friendly day of food, craft beer and live entertainment in
Washington Park to benefit Tender Mercies, a nonprofit in the heart of
Over-the-Rhine that provides housing to homeless adults living with
mental illness and a variety of supportive services.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Eclectic clothing, pineapple hangers and
ceramic boob vases — these are just a few of the items that can be found
at Continuum in Over-the-Rhine, an eclectic bazaar supporting an array
of independent and emerging designers, artists and makers.
Over-the-Rhine’s dramatic makeover has harsh realities for some longtime residents
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
For the past year, Reginald Stroud has
lived in a tucked away dead-end street in Northside. The building
he lived in at 1123-1125 Walnut St. also housed both his convenience
store and karate studio, which he says put him at the center of a
tight-knit community of longtime OTR residents.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Over-the-Rhine is alive with creative
ideas to broaden and deepen the revived neighborhood’s — and the city’s —
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The celebration of manhood that is
Over-the-Rhine men’s lifestyle store Article has officially introduced
its new sister to the neighborhood, bringing with her a distinct
by Zack Hatfield
89 days ago
Posted In: Funding
at 02:22 PM | Permalink
Applications accepted June 15-July 20
Are you a local
artist who can turn a 800-square-foot gallery space into something impactful
and eye-catching? People’s Liberty, Cincinnati’s philanthropic laboratory, is
looking for three talents to utilize their storefront Globe Gallery, located at
the organization’s Over-the-Rhine headquarters. They begin accepting proposals
on June 15 — when the application goes live — until July 20, and will notify the
winning artists in late August. The storefront will undergo a trio of
transformations in 2016, letting each artist have their own individual
expect you to do it by yourself — the winning individuals will receive a $15,000
grant to install their exhibits, and will get assistance curating their
projects from the organization. They’re looking for engaging, daring ideas that
capitalize on the opportunities a storefront gallery space allows. The
application requires a title, a video submission, a budget and a timeline, and
will be reviewed by an independent panel.
The lab, which
strives to bring together “civic-minded talent to address challenges and
uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater
Cincinnati,” underwent renovations in March.
To learn more
about the application process and requirements, visit peoplesliberty.org.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Cincinnati thugs threaten and sometimes
kill people they fear will testify against them or their buddies. Police
and prosecutors often complain about the lack of cooperating witnesses. It’s no secret. The Enquirer reports it.
by Danny Cross
123 days ago
Posted In: Media
at 12:18 PM | Permalink
A few years ago, a friend and I were walking down the street
in Over-the-Rhine from Neons to somewhere north on Main Street — maybe
MOTR, maybe our friend’s place at 13th and Clay, might have been heading back
to a car. I’m not really sure — it’s been three or four years now since people started
coming back to the (mostly nighttime) amenities in the neighborhood.
Just before we turned the corner from 12th onto Main, gunshots popped off behind us. We turned around and saw some dude running south on
Sycamore. We bolted onto Main and jumped into a storefront
doorway until things calmed down, called the police and then continued on our way. I followed up and found out that the man we saw running away neither died nor killed anyone.It was a scene that has grown less common in recent years in the area, as the push of development has moved much of the drug dealing and related violence outward into other neighborhoods. In January WCPO reported that violent crime in OTR was down 74 percent since 2004, in part due to development and evolving policing tactics. Such facts didn't deter The Enquirer from freaking the hell out yesterday when one of its reporters witnessed a shooting in front of a bunch of popular OTR restaurants. Reporter Emilie Eaton was on the same block when 30-year-old Gregory Douglas was shot around 9 a.m. near Vine and Mercer streets, fled a short distance then collapsed and died. Police today issued a warrant for the arrest of Darnell Higgins for the murder.It's been a sad day for a lot of people: families and friends of the deceased and the accused; those who witnessed such violence up close. It’s also a sad day to consider the
state of local media, considering the response we've seen so far to The Enquirer's collection of coverage. It started with the reporter's first-person account of witnessing the shooting. Then came a news story questioning the neighborhood's safety, for some reason quoting the Hamilton County Republican chairman and a lone neighborhood resident saying he didn't feel safe these days. Soon afterward, a more formed version of the story was updated online — this time the headline tried to cleverly play on the word "dead" (“Gunfire in OTR brings
morning to a dead stop”). The headline was later changed, “After fatal shooting, no easy answer in OTR," though the insensitive quip lives on in the story's URL. The Enquirer’s
decision to frame Douglas’ death as a question of whether or not OTR is
safe for those of us unaccustomed to witnessing violence is generating the type of
online debate (/clicks) the "newsroom of the future" was meant to induce. It has also been heavily criticized. Here’s former Cincinnati mayor Charlie
Luken on Facebook:
Here’s Derek Bauman, an OTR and mass
transit advocate/suburban police officer, who wondered on Twitter why the first
source in an early version of the “Is OTR safe yet” story quoted the county GOP
chair before anyone else. Alex Triantafilou’s take? “There is more work to be
done to make our city as safe as the suburbs."
Eaton's first-person story was published just hours after the shooting occurred. "A stray bullet
could have easily missed the victim and hit me," she wrote.
"The gunman could have come around the corner for me. I'm lucky to be
writing this story right now."The story elicited strong response from readers, but perhaps not the kind the Enquirer was picturing. About 20 wrote comments questioning the appropriateness of the piece, many along the lines of this:As writers molded dispatches from the
scene into The Enquirer’s larger
collection of reporting on the incident, debate continued on social
media. Enquirer writer John Faherty took to the comment section of Eaton's article to defend her. Those
of us in the media don’t enjoy criticizing each others' work, and we realize most
people in the industry are dedicated and passionate. We respect
colleagues at other media companies, especially when their dedication to the
craft is evident.Eaton clearly had a shitty morning. Her decision to immediately get back to doing her job is admirable. Unfortunately, the collection of work to which she contributed was misguided, made worse by
the classlessness with which Enquirer editors showed along the way. Publishing right-wing digs at inner-city neighborhoods has been a longstanding tradition at The Enquirer. Using a play on the word "dead" in a news story about a murder is the type of move that would get a college newspaper in trouble. It shouldn't be OK at any self-respecting daily. There's no way to tell which “content
coach” might have shaped yesterday’s
coverage. Any number of web editors could have written such an offensive headline — the newsroom of the future isn't set up to catch these things. Newsroom morale has been known to be low at Gannett papers across the country, and many of us actually feel bad for the many talented people struggling to produce quality work under such restrictive guidelines. Ultimately, reporting that might have culminated in an articulation of how opposite worlds intertwine in front of our eyes every day instead became a question of whether it's smart to eat and shop near poor people.Later versions of the story noted that the lunch rush on Vine Street continued as usual just hours later, suggesting that maybe the question of whether or not Vine Street is safe had already been answered. "I'm not worried about it," said Mike Georgitan, a general manager at
Pontiac BBQ on Vine Street. "It might affect lunch today – maybe," he
shrugged. "But then it will pick back up."
A person is dead, and the cycle of poverty, crime, drugs and violence that gripped Over-the-Rhine long before a Japanese gastropub opened at 15th and Vine is still occurring all over this city.
The Enquirer would be wise to demonstrate an understanding of these forces rather than following the path of least resistance to Internet debate.It would be a lot more compelling than a description of how witnessing violence makes a typical white person feel.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
When a celebrity opens a restaurant,
customers likely fall into two camps: those who only go there for the
celeb brand, or those who actually enjoy the food, drink and ambiance of
a place that happens to be helmed by a famous person.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced it will bring incredibly
popular Over-the-Rhine light show LumenoCity back Aug. 5-9. The event
will be a lot different this year, however, at least when it comes to