by Nick Swartsell
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Old smokestacks, Congress mulling cuts, hitting the high notes for dating success
All right, folks. Morning news time again.The iconic Hudepohl smokestack you see from I-75 could end up in Over-the-Rhine. The city is looking at ways to save the old Hudepohl brewery, which it bought last month. The former Hudepohl headquarters, built in 1946 and used until 1985, includes four buildings on Sixth Street in Queensgate. It's currently abandoned. The complex includes the Hudepohl tower, a 170-foot-tall brick smokestack with the company’s named spelled on it in white bricks that has become a Cincinnati landmark. One set of plans being considered is the relocation of 70 feet of the tower (from just under the L in “Hudepohl” to the top) to Over-the-Rhine, where the company was originally founded in 1885.• Right across the river, Covington is the eighth most affordable city in the country,
according to a study by finance website NerdWallet.com. The study
looked at a number of cost of living considerations, including housing
costs and average prices for groceries. Columbus (15), Indianapolis
(22), Lexington (53) and Louisville (89) also made the top 100 list,
though Cincinnati is nowhere to be found.• An article in the new issue of Inc. Magazine prominently features Cincinnati’s startup scene. It highlights the city’s business incubators, co-working spaces, marketers and investors who are boosting the city’s tech profile. The author applauds strides the city has made fostering startups, and concludes that the region is on the right course for expanding innovation and tech-related jobs. • Procter and Gamble has committed $1 million to the Regional Economic Development Initiative, an organization focused on bringing jobs to the Greater Cincinnati area. REDI is lead by a 15-member board of Cincinnati political and business leaders including Mayor John Cranley, Western and Southern CEO John Barrett and Reds minority owner Tom Williams, the board’s chair.• The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that payday lenders aren’t subject to a law governing short-term loans and that they can continue making loans to low-income folks at, like, 12 billion percent interest. Great, because that’s totally good for society and our economy.• The House this week is considering a Republican-drafted spending bill for The Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The appropriations bill contains more than $1.8 billion in cuts to housing programs, commuter rail initiatives and efforts to help the homeless. The White House has slammed the bill, and it will face a tough ride in the Senate.• The big national story this morning, of course, is that Virginia Republican and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election to tea party challenger David Brat. Brat toppled Cantor even though the seven-term incumbent outspent him twenty five to one and is one of the most powerful Republicans in the country. A majority leader in the House has never lost a primary since the position was created 115 years ago. That's probably good news for House Speaker and everyone's favorite Southwestern Ohio spray tan aficionado John Boehner, who was feeling the heat from far-right Republicans looking to oust him from the speaker's seat. Cantor, who had an often antagonistic relationship with Boehner, was thought to be his strongest possible successor. Or, Cantor's loss may stress Boehner out even more, as the tea party torches get closer to the speaker's office...• Finally, a newly discovered katydid has the highest-pitched vocalizations of any animal ever recorded. Scientists say the noises help attract the opposite sex, which is weird, because every time I’m in a bar and start hitting the high notes in my silky falsetto the opposite happens. And that’s every thing that has happened in the past 24 hours, give or take. Follow me on Twitter at @nswartsell, where I retweet Parks and Rec quotes and news stories about appropriation bills. I’m a man of many moods.
3 Comments · Thursday, May 1, 2014
pretty good pest control in the building where I live in Covington. I seldom
ever see a bug, but I did the other day — a bug hanging out in my kitchen.
1 Comment · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Few concerts inspire people to change the
world. They might inspire you to drink another beer or grind
ferociously on some guy in a flannel shirt, but to actually change the world?
Main Bite serves up seasonal dishes and craft cocktails in MainStrasse
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The newly opened Main
Bite in MainStrasse creates delicious, seasonal fare with crafty
culinary cocktails to go with each bite of your meal.
Covington's Commonwealth Bistro promises regional cuisine in a community-oriented space
2 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Commonwealth Bistro has been
two-and-a-half years in the making for Chef Chris Burns and his wife Tess, the duo
who founded The Awesome Collective, an organization that spreads
everything great about the community of Covington.
0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
out about Melissa’s death on Dec. 15, 10 days before
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Hilary Nauman and Michael Boyd are taking
DIY to the next level with Shrewdness of Apes, their new Covington,
Ky., gallery-boutique. After participating in what she calls a
“makers’ movement” of arts markets across the region, Nauman says she
and Boyd were inspired to create a more permanent home for emerging
artists and makers.
Remembering Mike Amann, Covington's public arts advocate
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Mike Amann wasn’t interested in
overthinking things. The designer, gallery owner, contemporary art
collector, husband and new father was more prone to spontaneous acts of
creativity than pre-calculated plans. Whatever the project, he always
dove right in and went for it.
by Jac Kern
Decision made one day after BLDG's Mike Amann passed away
UPDATE: Cork ‘N
Bottle has reached out to BLDG and the public to apologize for the removal of
The London Police mural made possible by BLDG and Mike Amann, who passed away
Cork ‘N Bottle’s
Tim Hue met with BLDG owners to apologize for the unfortunate timing of the
mural removal. The company says it will donate $1,000 to the American Cancer Society in
Mike Amann’s name and work to bring The London Police back to Covington to
create a new mural. Both the gallery and Cork ‘N Bottle shared the news on
update on the Cork-N-Bottle
London Police - Official mural situation:
We just had an excellent meeting with Tim Hue from Cork
N Bottle issuing a formal apology along with a gracious $1,000 donation to the American
Cancer Society on behalf of Mike Amann.
We fully accept this apology along with Tim's eagerness
to correct the situation. We will be working with Tim and Cork N Bottle on
replacing the mural in a timely fashion.
Also, we would like to state that the unfortunate
timing of the event was in no way intended to be malicious or insensitive in
Thank you Cork N Bottle for doing the right thing for
the City of Covington and our community.”
‘N Bottle also reached out to fans on their page:
understand and sincerely regret the hurt that the removal of the art mural has
caused our community. We acted out of a concern of a Maker’s Mark copyright
violation – which we feared might affect our relationship with a key supplier.
We certainly had no intention of offending The London
Police - Official, BLDG
or the community who had come to appreciate and enjoy the mural. We have been a
part of this community for 50 years and as always, wish to work
in the best interest for our community's development and growth. We regret the
loss of this piece of art, and thank you for your comments and your enthusiasm
for Covington. We too share your passion for our neighborhood and love being a
part of this community. In furtherance of our sincere apologies, Cork 'N Bottle
has made a donation in the name and memory of Michael T. Amann to The American
Cancer Society. We invite others to join us.”
POST: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12
The London Police
mural on the side of Covington’s Cork ‘N Bottle has been removed by the liquor
artists TLP came to Greater Cincinnati this August as part of a collaboration
with Covington’s BLDG. The London Police created one large mural and several
smaller graffiti works across Covington during their two-week stay. Cork ‘N
Bottle owners, according to BLDG, agreed to keep one of the works on the side
of their building for at least one year. The mural was removed Monday.From BLDG’s Facebook Page:
“Huge loss in
Covington today. Cork 'N Bottle decided to paint over their The
London Police - Official mural today. Let us state that the agreement of
the mural being painted on the building was that the painting would be up for
at least a year after completion. From this point forward, we will surely only shop at The Party Source for all our spirits!”
comes just a day after BLDG owner Mike Amann passed away Sunday after a battle with stage
four neuroendocrine cancer.Friends of Amann
and fans of the artwork reached out to Cork ‘N Bottle on Facebook for an
explanation. The liquor store posted the following statement this morning.
London Police mural was removed from our building at 501 Crescent Ave.
yesterday. The reasons for this are that the contract to have it painted was
unauthorized and the image was an infringement on the Maker’s Mark trademarked
bottle image. Please look for new art coming this spring as a new mural is
being properly contracted.”
This blog will be updated when more information becomes available.
1 Comment · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Walking home, I remembered being in a decent mood before I
entered the store and now I felt pissed off. I’m in that damn Walgreens
at least three times a week spending plenty of money. Why the hell
would a cashier try to squeeze a little bit more out of me? And what
business is it of hers if I want to drink Diet Coke? If I wanted to
drink a gallon of Tide detergent, that’s my business and not hers.