Episode #56: Stadiums and Cities

St. Louis NFL stadium proposalOn the 56th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we are joined by Alex Ihnen of nextSTL to discuss stadiums and their impacts on cities.

We talk about the new NFL stadium proposed for St. Louis’ north riverfront and whether it could actually help redevelop that struggling part of the city. We also discuss whether this proposal is an example of sports team owners ripping off cities, or whether it could be positive financially for the St. Louis.

Finally we compare the proposal with the experience of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in building the new Reds and Bengals stadiums, as well as the desire to replace or upgrade US Bank Arena.

PHOTOS: Aqua on the Levee Rising Along Newport’s Waterfront

Last November developers broke ground on the $80 million second phase of Newport on the Levee, called Aqua on the Levee, some 15 years after the first phase opened. Since that time, a significant amount of work has progressed on the project that will yield 239 apartments, a hotel, and 8,300 square feet of retail.

The project is being built atop what long sat as a three-acre surface parking lot at the foot of the Purple People Bridge.

The residential component is expected to bolster business for retailers at the complex that have struggled to draw crowds on non-weekend days. It will also bring the first Aloft Hotel to the region, which will also be the trendy hotel’s first in Kentucky and feature 144 rooms, a bar and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

The project is being developed by Capital Investment Group and Musselman Hotels, and is expected to be completed in fall 2016.

EDITORIAL NOTE: All six photographs were taken by Travis Estell on September 27, 2015.

UC President Santa Ono to Speak at Tonight’s Cincy Stories

0The storytelling event series Cincy Stories will be returning this evening to MOTR Pub. The series features well-known public figures telling personal stories from their lives.

Tonight’s edition will feature:

  • University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono
  • Rome Ntukogu, founder of Far-I-Rome Productions
  • Paula Ison, a local transgender activist
  • Renika Smiley, founder of Generation Now
  • Daniel Rajaiah, recently featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list
  • Music from MC Till

The event will be held on the stage at MOTR Pub at 7 p.m.

You can hear several of the speakers from past Cincy Stories events on The UrbanCincy Podcast.


PHOTOS: Northside Celebrates Second Year of Cincy Summer Streets

Last weekend, Hamilton Avenue in Northside was packed with people walking, biking, skateboarding, painting, playing music, and enjoying a nice summer day.

The street, which serves as the spine of neighborhood’s business district, was closed to automobiles for four hours as part of the Cincy Summer Streets series.

More than 100 open streets festivals take place across the country, and Cincinnati joined the trend last year with events in two neighborhoods. In 2015 Cincy Summer Streets has expanded to three events – Walnut Hills on July 18, Northside on August 23, and Over-the-Rhine on September 26.

Enjoy our photos from the August 23rd event:

Episode #55: Cincy Stories with Mike Moroski, Ms. Ebony J, and Maryanne Zeleznik

11745587_1676466522564870_5205723585616369906_nOn the 55th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we are sharing three of the stories from the latest Cincy Stories event, which was held on July 7, 2015 at MOTR Pub. Mike Moroski, Ms. Ebony J, and Maryanne Zeleznik each shared personal stories which we are bringing to you on this podcast. Stay tuned to Cincy Stories’ new website to learn more about future events.