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Bill Donabedian talks about Fountain Square’s success

Remember that precarious group of Cincinnatians who referred to the renovation of Fountain Square and its large underground parking garage as a boondoggle? If you do, I would bet that these people are hoping you forget all about the reckless boondoggle claims of theirs.

Fountain Square has always been a central gathering point for Cincinnatians, but in recent years the public space has transformed into something much more. The Square has become exactly what planners envisioned it would become following the renovation of the space – a living room of sorts where all Cincinnatians feel welcome to come and hang out.

Thousands of people pack the Square each day for lunch, nights are often filled with concert or movie crowds, touring events make certain to utilize the space, and the majority of Cincinnati’s premier festivals use it as the center point to their festivals. In this video, Fountain Square’s managing director Bill Donabedian speaks with Soapbox Cincinnati about programming the Square, its recent success and more with a Bengals tailgate on the Square providing the backdrop.

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By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.