Category: City Living

  • Spring is near

    Spring is near Originally uploaded by hjoew The tree outside my apartment window is about to burst with spring beauty. This makes me very happy.

  • On Segway tour of Cincinnati

    On Segway tour of Cincinnati Originally uploaded by hjoew In Eden Park, Memorial Grove. Great time!

  • Facebook Lexicon and “Cincinnati”

    The Facebook Lexicon is a searhable application tracks the usage of terms used in Facebook on group, profile and wall pages. It’s an endlessly fascinating way to take a bird’s eye view of what people are talking about – and, frankly, what they are not. Because of Facebook’s global scope, I think it’s hard to…

  • Please poo/pee in the bathroom

    When I first moved to Over-the-Rhine in 2004, the building next to ours on Race Street in Cincinnati, the one at 13th and Race streets, was akin to tenement housing with, if I recall correctly, around 40 single-room “apartments” that shared a bathroom on each floor. I never went inside because of the sounds I…

  • United Nations meets on Fountain Square

    Alan, Kenny, Joe, originally uploaded by hjoew. Alan, Kenny and I went to Colerain High School together, class of 1992. Back then we were all very much involved in the Colerain (now Clippard) YMCA’s Leaders Club, a volunteer service group for teenagers. Being in Leaders Club and the many friends I made and re-made during…

  • The Kaldi’s dilemma

    In this week’s CityBeat column, I break news about Over-the-Rhine’s Kaldi’s Coffeehouse being asked to vacate the premises for six weeks so an elevator can be installed through their kitchen. When finished, it would make preparing food in the tiny kitchen a real challenge, but a nice addition for delivering large quanities of food quickly…

  • Smile. Someone or something is watching.

    This week’s CityBeat column is about Bill Brown’s Surveillance Camera Tour he gave Sunday to a mixed-age, mixed-race group of 18 people. I was told about the tour by a neighbor who found it on Brown’s Web page by accident, she said. It seemed interesting – and it was. My neighbor also wrote a blog…

  • The hold-up tapes

    Back in January, my girlfriend and I were the victims of an attempted robbery in Over-the-Rhine near my home. I wrote about it in my weekly CityBeat column. It was a horribly devastating thing to have happen to us. We’re both very supportive of downtown and Over-the-Rhine and want nothing more than for those neighborhoods…

  • Being more eco-friendly in the transpo department-o

    In my column in this week’s CityBeat, I comment on an issue that has been buggin’ the heck out of me (and quite a few others) for some time. That’s the lack of alternate transportation options – bike, scooter or just ease of walking (especially when you live in the urban center) – available to…

  • Lavomatic lunch

    Ron, Suzanne and Joe at Lavomatic, originally uploaded by hjoew. Ron (left) invited Suzanne (Fountain Square events manager, whom I’d never met) and I for an impromptu lunch at Over-the-Rhine’s newest eatery, Lavomatic (a Jean-Robert de Cavel production). And it was wonderful. The food was super delicious, the conversation was great and it seemed half…