“Visions” captures OTR

My hat goes off to Laure Quinlivan, WCPO’s intrepid I-Team reporter, who last week aired “New Visions of Vine Street,” a 30-minute commercial-free documentary and follow-up to her award-winning 2001 documentary, “Visions of Vine Street.” Both pieces are an excellent compare and contrast of the status and then the progress of what has happened in Over-the-Rhine during the past few years.

I haven’t spoken to anyone else yet about the show, but my thought is she did a splendid job of showing how things are really starting to take off here. I’ve lived in Over-the-Rhine now 2 1/2 years, right along Washington Park, across from Music Hall. It’s a great place to be, and is getting much better all the time. The future is looking brighter than it has in a long time… thanks to the effort, care and devotion of so many people.

Check out the show online… I think you will be surprised at what you see.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for About.com's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, iRhine.com. He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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