by Kelsey Kennedy
Posted In: Commentary
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you move to Cincinnati and put on a pair of goggles — the longer you stay, the harder
it is to take them off. And why would you want to? I’ve lived here for five
years and still manage to fall deeper in love with this city every day. For all
you newcomers, here are some necessary guidelines for your initiation into the
greatest city in the Midwest.
a chili, not a side. The East side/West side rivalry is deeply rooted in
competitive turf wars and stubborn rationalizations. When brought up in
conversation, it’s usually best to remain indifferent and let your eyes glaze
over until the fighting stops.
Become a regular at (at least) one bar in Over-the-Rhine. Find your favorite
bartender at Neon’s and dance to the ‘8os music at Japp’s on a Saturday night.
Discover new music at MOTR or wind down with some jazz at 1215 Wine Bar.
Understand that high schools — and the culture surrounding them — are really
important here. “Are you from around here?” is almost always followed by, “So
what high school did you go to?” Cincinnatians stick to their alma maters like
glitter on glue, and everyone has a reputation.
4. See The
Cincy Brass play at Mr. Pitiful’s before you die (or move). Request the song “Let
Me Clear My Throat” by DJ Kool. Gyrate on everyone.
to know Kentucky. Bounce around the Levee and Mainstrasse. End your night with
a cheesy goetta omelet at the Anchor Grill. Trust me on this one.
Cincinnati has the second largest Oktoberfest in the world (The WORLD!) second
only to Munich. Dress like a German, drink like a German, eat like a German.
Develop a severe case of road rage while driving on I-75. Perfect the ability
to stare someone down after cutting you off.
Get involved with this city’s politics. Picket City Hall or write a letter to an
editor. Cincinnati had a record-breaking low voter turnout in the 2013 mayoral
election — make your voice heard.
back to your neighborhood. Volunteer at the Freestore Foodbank or tutor kids at
Wordplay Cincy. Teach an art class or buy someone an umbrella on a rainy day. Start
a collaborative effort to make this city the best it can be.
Master the Metro and make friends with the drivers. Sit up front and strike up
a conversation with a stranger. Try not to fall when the metro slides down one
of Cincinnati’s many 90-degree angles.
Cincinnati sports. Tailgate at a Bengal’s game, cheer on the Cyclones and pledge
your allegiance to Brandon Phillips’ smile.
ALL THE GOETTA. And LaRosa’s. And Graeter’s. Now start training for the Flying
your favorite city park with your favorite view of the skyline against Kentucky.
Feel safe tucked away in the hills. Ponder about the meaning of life.
your windows down and go 10 miles over the speed limit on the Roebling Bridge. Listen
to the whirring sound. Just do it.
a deep love for all things Cincinnati and defend your city when people talk
shit. Recognize that you are a part of something larger than yourself — that
Cincinnati isn’t just the Queen City — it’s a community and a network and a
lineage of diverse Midwesterners who all contribute to making this place a
force to be reckoned with.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
It was 1989 and crack cocaine had all its
black enthusiasts by the pipe; never more prevalent and obviously so
than along the stretch of Burnett Avenue heading north toward its
intersection with Rockdale Avenue.
0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
My niece, to whom I haven’t spoken in probably decades, is having her father cremated. D. died Christmas Eve morning.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The Jelly Bus: This is not actually a bus
wrapped in jelly, as the name suggests. It is a bus dressed up like a
jet whose route connects to CVG airport. Of course, Northern Kentucky’s
2x TANK already services the airport, but just imagine the novelty of a
trolley bus that looks like a jet airplane — a Jelly Bus!
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
A old, white, anti-gay Republican narrowly won a community
board of trustees election in Houston after he purposely misled voters
in his largely black voting district to believe he was also black. WORLD -2
by Hannah McCartney
Posted In: Business
at 09:55 AM | Permalink
Local businesses need votes to go before panel of judges
Cincinnati-area businesses only have a few more days left to garner enough votes to enter the running to win a slice of $3 million Chase Bank will award to 12 small businesses across the country. Chase's Mission Main Street Grants program is designed to help small businesses grow. Although the registration deadline has passed, there are about 65 small local businesses who've applied hoping to enter the running. Click here
and search "Cincinnati" to see which local businesses are vying for a
grant, and vote for your favorite using your Facebook account. In order to earn eligibility, small businesses need to garner 250 votes from supporters, which will allow them to move onto the selection phase where a Chase panel will review small businesses' applications and choose winners based on enthusiasm, likelihood to succeed, a well thought-out growth plan and positive impact in the community. The 12 winners will receive a $250,000 grant, plus a Google Chromebook Pixel laptop and a trip to Google for a small business workshop with Google
whizzes. Voting ends on Nov. 15, and winners will be announced in January 2014.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Even above the City Council and mayoral
races, Issue 4 could be the most decisive ballot item in the 2013
election. If voters approve it, Cincinnati could be ravaged by the city
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Issue 1 would renew a minor property tax
levy for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Since
it’s simply a renewal, it would not increase taxes from current levels.
But it wou
by Hannah McCartney
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Cincinnati only non-metropolis in top five most influential areas
Say what you want about our chili, but the Queen City is particularly savvy in the Twitter world, according to a new study from Indiana University. A social media study that sought to pinpoint geographic areas that most frequently are hubs for information flow found that ol' Cincinnati was among a couple of much larger, more metropolitan cities like L.A., New York, D.C. that often acted as Twitter "trendsetters" — generating topics early on that eventually trend on a national level. The study found that most of those areas corresponded with major air traffic hubs, although it's tough to pinpoint whether that's because news travels so quickly across state lines at airports or because major air traffic hubs just tend to be in densely populated cities, where information already spreads more quickly because social media users tend to be closer and more connected. As we all know, Cincinnati's airport is nothing particularly special — in fact, it's so expensive, lots of locals even avoid it when they can — so that theory doesn't really jive for us. And our population hovering around 300,000 isn't anywhere near the monoliths who earned trendsetter status. Cincinnati earned the second spot just under L.A. as the most influential trendsetting geographic area in the entire country, followed by Washington, D.C, Seattle and New York. Washington Post blogger Caitlin Dewey hypothesizes our influence might have something to do with the city's fluctuating migration trends — we suffered a big population exodus from 2004-2010. Perhaps our emigrants just maintain really strong ties to the city once they realize they've left wonderful things behind like CINCINNATI CHILI.From the study: Whatever it is, we're doing something right. You could share your guesses in the comments, but maybe you should just #tweet #it #instead.
by Jac Kern
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Local restaurateur shares hometown sentiments with Huffington Post
whether natives or transplants, love sharing their views on the city,
especially in the form of an editorial letter. Last month, “Jenny” shared her
feelings on the city’s apparent lack of inclusivity with The Enquirer.
After two years of living on the East Side, she still hasn't made any friends. :( On the flip side, back in July 2012, The
Enquirer published an op-ed
from a guy who moved from Chicago to Cincinnati and loves it, verifying that
Cincinnati is an actual real city and can stand with the rest of ‘em. These
types of accounts get shared on social media like a conversational plague,
often times, I suspect, before said sharers have actually read the entire piece. Of
course, any rational human knows the reality of our city, much like any other in
the world, is somewhere in between — Greater Cincinnati, with all its progress and problems, is a huge place made up
of extremely diverse neighborhoods. No two people will have the exact same
experience, which is one of the reasons I enjoy living here. Chef David Falk of the Boca Restaurant Group also loves
Cincinnati, as expressed in his recent contribution to Huffington Post’s Love Letters (which also has been shared by at
least 15 of my friends on Facebook).
Falk, owner of
Boca, Nada and Sotto, has lived all over the world, including Chicago, New York and Rome. He’s a Cincy native and, after traveling for culinary
inspiration, he’s called the city home (again) for the past 12 years. Here are a few
choice bits from his mini manifesto:
“I believe the same things
that make a great restaurant make a great city: the connection between a vision
and the people that carry it out, the structures that seem to rise from the
mind to the sky and the progress of those who create them. Cincinnati, you are
a city of creators. Restaurants, like cities, would not exist without the
tireless ones, the ones that spend every ounce of energy toiling to make them
great because they believe in the vision of visionaries.”
“All of your faces are flawed
and beautiful and inspire in me the passion I felt when I first saw your
skyline stretched over the river as I drove through the Cut-in-the-Hill.”
“When I left, Cincinnati's
food scene was largely uninspired. Although, I must admit, I've always been
intoxicated by your controversial chili. This strange Greek concoction maligned
by some, fiercely defended by others, nursed me through so many hangovers (and contributed
to a few). But you've changed and you're so much more.”
“Cincinnati, you and I both
grew and changed while I was away. You are courageous; a romantic pioneer. I
think I realized just how far you had come one night this summer, our city park
ablaze with lights, lights that took an army of tech engineers to achieve,
lights as a gift to your many lovers, 35,000 of them squeezed together in
Go here to read Falk’s full
Cincinnati Love Letter.