Month in Review

Month in Review – June 2014

We Are Walnut Hills 3UrbanCincy‘s most popular stories in June were clear signs of the progress being made in Cincinnati. While a modest number of new residents have been added over the past four years, the urban core and surrounding neighborhoods continue to grow with new residential developments.

Two of the stories (#2 and #5) are in sharp contrast: while Cincinnati received national praise for its form-based code efforts, Norwood missed an opportunity and ended up with an auto-oriented development in its core.

As you enjoy your Independence Day weekend, we invite you to catch up on our top stories from June that you may have missed:

    1. Cincinnati Posts Population Gain for Second Consecutive Year
      The city has added about 1,000 new residents since 2010.
    2. Cincinnati Wins National Planning Award for Form-Based Code
      Jocelyn Gibson reports back from her trip to the 22nd Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU).
    3. New Apartments, Retail Space Coming to Peeble’s Corner in Walnut Hills
      “The whole goal here is to create a concentrated effort, like what 3CDC has done in Over-the-Rhine, and reach that critical mass in Walnut Hills.”
    4. Work on $30M Corryville Apartment Project On-Pace for Fall 2015 Completion
      Uptown Cincinnati continues to molt and grow, and Randy Simes reports on the latest 300-bed Uptown Rental Properties development.
    5. Paycor’s Brand New Headquarters in Norwood Misses the Mark
      In a guest editorial, Norwood resident James Bonsall explains that the latest phase of the Linden Pointe on the Lateral development turns its back on bikes and pedestrians.


Month in Review

Month in Review – May 2014

Three of UrbanCincy‘s top stories in May revolved around a few dramatic transformations taking place in the urban core. We took you on a Street View tour of some of the biggest transformations in the city, showed you photos of the Cincinnati Streetcar’s construction, and shared news about changes to the city’s oldest historic district. In case you missed them, enjoy UrbanCincy‘s most popular stories from May 2014:

    1. PHOTOS: Cincinnati’s Dramatic, Decade-Long Transformation Visualized
      While many of us can feel that a transformation has taken place in Cincinnati over the past decade, it can be difficult to visualize it. Thanks to new Google Street View capabilities we have done just that.
    2. EDITORIAL: What Cranley’s Clever Budget Means for Urbanists
      The rookie Mayor John Cranley has proposed his first budget. At first glance, it doesn’t look so bad. But after further review what most feared is in fact the sad reality.
    3. The Littlefield to Bring Craft Bourbon Bar to Northside This June
      A craft bourbon bar called The Littlefield will open in Northside next month. The approximately 400SF establishment, which will also include a large outdoor terrace, has been years in the making.
    4. Western & Southern Aiming to Alter Lytle Park Historic District Boundaries
      Western & Southern has long been rumored to be eyeing a location for a new high-rise office tower to consolidate their headquarters; and proposed changes to the Lytle Park Historic District may be setting up for exactly that.
    5. PHOTOS: Construction Activities for $133M Streetcar Project Move Southward
      Significant visual progress continues to be made on the $133M first phase of the Cincinnati Streetcar. Take a look at the progress and learn about a string of good news that may push forward the opening date.


Month in Review

Month in Review – April 2014

This month was filled with news of businesses coming to the urban core — from a chocolatier and a barbecue joint coming to Findlay Market, to a unique beer cafe near the Gateway Quarter, to a pizzeria downtown. Phase 2 of The Banks also broke ground this month, and we provided an update on one of the gaps still remaining within Phase 1.

In case you missed them, here were UrbanCincy‘s most popular stories from April 2014:

    1. Eli’s Barbeque, Maverick Chocolate First of Several New Tenants to Open at Findlay Market
      A popular local barbecue restaurant and Ohio’s first bean-to-chocolate manufacturer will soon open at Findlay Market. But they are just two of many new storefronts that will be filled this year.
    2. Take a Look at CVG’s Abandoned Concourse C Through Ronny Salerno’s Lens
      While Concourse C was once a symbol of CVG’s prominence and significance, it is now a visual reminder of how far the airline industry in general, and the airport in specific, have fallen over the past decade.
    3. Connoisseurs, Novices Can Start Getting ‘Half Cut’ at OTR’s New Beer Cafe Today
      HalfCut will attempt to distinguish itself from the rest with a unique twist – it is a beer café where their “beeristas” will help recommend beer choices and get to know their customers in a relaxed setting much like a coffee shop.
    4. Townhomes Removed from Development Plan for The Banks
      With the new agreement between Hamilton County and the Bengals, the next phase of The Banks will get started. The hotel, office tower and oft-forgotten townhomes at phase one are another issue.
    5. Popular St. Louis-Based Pi Pizzeria to Open Cincinnati Location in AT580 Building
      Pi Pizzeria is set to open its seventh location, and only its second outside of St. Louis, in the AT580 building at 6th and Main.


Month in Review

Month in Review – March 2014

The top news story in March 2014 was the arrival of Uber and Lyft in Cincinnati, as two of UrbanCincy’s top articles were focused on their services and what it means for the taxicab industry. Road and bike infrastructure were also in the news, along with a new historic preservation movement bringing people together to save several key buildings.

In case you missed any of them, here’s a look back at our five most popular stories from last month:

    1. Uber and Lyft to Soon Enter Cincinnati Market
      Two ‘ridesharing’ companies are moving into the Cincinnati market.
    2. VIDEO: Are ‘Protected Intersections’ the Next Bicycle Infrastructure Innovation?
      As Cincinnati works to expand its bicycling infrastructure with bike lanes and cycle tracks, we may need to include this one additional consideration.
    3. Uber Officials Credit Cincinnati’s Urban Revival, Tech Scene for their Arrival
      Uber used geolocation information to learn that there was “pent up demand” for their service in the Cincinnati area.
    4. Snow Accumulation Highlights Cincinnati’s Over-Engineered Streets through ‘Sneckdowns’
      Thanks to the large accumulation of snow on city streets this winter, it was easy to tell where roads are over-engineered.
    5. Cincinnati Preservation Collective Draws from Different Backgrounds to Save Buildings
      A new group is channeling their effort into saving five buildings of historic significance in Cincinnati.


Month in Review

Month in Review – February 2014

Last month, four of UrbanCincy’s five top stories focused on transportation — from bikes to cars to subways. We also gave an update on the demolition of one the University of Cincinnati’s most iconic historic structures and explained why it had been neglected for the past decade. In case you missed any of them, here’s a look back at our five most popular stories from February 2014:

    1. Cincinnati Aims to Open Initial Phase of Bike Share System This Summer
      Contributor Eric Anspach provides an update on the Cincy B-Cycle bike share program which is expected to open this summer.
    2. The Abandonment of Cincinnati’s 1914 Subway and Rapid Transit Loop
      A new infographic illustrates which sections of Cincinnati’s Rapid Transit Loop were built, which parts were replaced by expressways, and which parts were planned but not built.
    3. The Best and Worst States in America for Transit Funding
      Data from the FTA’s National Transit Database shows that Ohio is one of the worst states in America for investing in public transportation, despite being one of the most densely populated.
    4. Eight-Point Plan for Fixing Cincinnati’s Broken Parking System
      Since 2010, UrbanCincy has been calling for reforms to fix Cincinnati’s parking system finances. In this latest editorial, we lay out an 8 point plan to upgrade the system and stabilize its finances.
    5. Decision from Board of Trustees More Than a Decade Ago Doomed Wilson Auditorium
      Our November 2013 post about two demolitions on UC’s campus generated a lot of interest. In this update, we explain how a decision made by the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees more than ten years ago led to the demolition of Wilson Auditorium late last year.