Category: City Living

  • Hustled by the Boy Scouts

    These two nice Boy Scouts just sold me an $8 can of caramel corn. And I’m happy about that? Sure, why not. They were very courteous and were very persuasive. I even let them keep the $2 change I was owed. They were stationed outside of the firehouse on Hyde Park Square, next to where…

  • Another Washington Park do-gooder story

    God, Save me from your well-intended followers. I believe they do not mean harm and actually have in mind just the opposite, but the giving away food stuff on the sidewalks around Washington Park has got to stop. Ditto that for the obnoxious make-my-ears-bleed religious music and drawn-out conversion sermons that pierce the walls of…

  • Column: Heroin overdose in OTR

    My column in today’s Post is not about politics or politicians. To some, it might not even be news. The horrors that go on outside my Over-the-Rhine home windows would be shocking to many, but to me and so many others they either have become or always have been a part of life in this…

  • SCPA’s new building becoming more of a reality

    For months now a deal to move Cincinnati’s award-winning School for Creative and Performing Arts to the parking lot between the Central Parkway YMCA and Media Bridges in Over-the-Rhine has been touch and go. Though few have talked about it publicly, sources have told me everything from it’s a done deal to it would never…

  • Paddling the Mill Creek

    Yesterday was a beautiful day to canoe down the Mill Creek. You might be asking yourself if there is ever a day that is warm enough, beautiful enough and worth- the-possible-health-risks enough to ever go within 10 feet of Cincinnati’s most notorious waterway. And you’d be right, or at least partially correct. But I am…

  • Watch out for this guy

    In my nearly three years living in downtown and Over-the-Rhine, there has not been one panhandler who has bothered me as much as this guy. Wednesday he sort of pushed me over the edge, so I went up to him, said “Hey!,” he looked at me and I took the photo above with my cameraphone.…

  • Big Sky City

    Downtown Cincinnati’s more-than-ample parking lots did a lot of damage to our downtown. Back when decisions were made to tear down large swaths of old buildings to make way for parking lots, city leaders could not see past their steering wheels. Looking on the bright side, I suppose, is the chance to get shots like…

  • Cincinnati Supper Club, it’s super (part two)

    So, last night marked the second meeting of the monthly Cincinnati Supper Club, this time at Blake Fox’s house. Kudos to Jackie Danicki for coming up with the idea and working to make it happen, and big kudos to Blake for hosting it at his great place up in Mount Auburn. As you’ll see from…

  • We’ve got sound (and parking machines)

    Fountain Square has been…been, a mess. The grand opening in October was – poet politicking aside – a wee bit early. Despite that, I understand the celebration was top-notch and the entertainment spectacular, a testament to what is likely to come (I was out of town that weekend). In the days and weeks afterward, though,…

  • (Fountain) Square

    For the first time in my life I think I finally know why it’s called “(Fountain) Square”. With everything gone, the area wiped clean of the concrete and marble and stage and Skywalk bridge and, well, the fountain, that area – low-and-behold – is actually a town friggin’ square. I couldn’t believe it. I wanted…