On the 49th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Travis, Jocelyn, Jake, and Randy take a listener suggestion and come up with a list of ideas that Cincinnati should copy from other cities. We touch on the ideas like introducing ultra-high speed internet access, completely re-drawing the city’s bus route map, merging smaller municipalities together to gain efficiency, introducing an urban service boundary, and finding innovative ways to generate electricity. In a future episode, we’ll follow up with even more ideas that Cincinnati should consider copying.
On the 48th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we are sharing two of the stories from the first Cincy Stories event, which was held on February 3, 2015 at MOTR Pub. Molly Wellmann and Ryan Messer each shared personal stories which we are bringing to you on this podcast. Stay tuned to Cincy Stories’ Facebook page to learn more about future events.
We discuss the neighborhood’s thriving arts and music scene, events such as the annual Rock N’ Roll Carnival in Hoffner Park, and the neighborhood’s many successful small businesses. We mention a number of new developments that have changed the neighborhood in recent years, including the American Can Factory, and others that will be coming soon, such as The Gantry, a collection of new townhomes, and the Urban Artifact brewery and performance space. We speculate about the possibility of Northside gaining improved Metro bus service and Red Bike stations. And finally, we talk about the Apple Street Market that aims to bring a grocery store back to this walkable neighborhood.
On the 46th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Randy, John, and Travis take a look back at 2014. We discuss our top posts of the year, including the renaissance beginning to take place in the Northern Liberties and new transportation options including Uber, Lyft, and Red Bike. We also make some predictions about what’s the come in 2015, including the expansion of Red Bike into other Cincinnati neighborhoods and Northern Kentucky, new residential developments opening in 2015, and new potential uses for the Riverfront Transit Center. Finally, we discuss the new parking meters and expanded enforcement hours that went into effect on January 1st for the Central Business District and Over-the-Rhine.
We discuss the role of organizations like CincyTech and Cintrifuse, efforts like QCMerge and HackCincy, and physical coworking spaces and hackerspaces play a role in developing our local tech community. Alex explains how a strong urban core is critical to attracting and retaining the talent startups need, and Chris talks about Gaslight‘s move from Blue Ash to Downtown Cincinnati.
I ask whether tech companies should become involved with local political issues, in response to Chris Moore’s Open Letter to Cincinnati City Council published in December 2013, and we discuss the need for more regional thinking instead of a downtown-vs.-neighborhoods approach.