This Week in Soapbox – 3/9

This Week in Soapbox UrbanCincy has the following nine stories that you must check out. Read about the American Sign Museum’s future Camp Washington home, Downtown’s new LEED demonstration center, Cincinnati’s NEP in Mt. Washington, green infrastructure projects, the Covington Neighborhood Summit, the growth of Cincinnati’s first gelato company, a local PR firm telling the city’s story, and two tremendous feature stories.

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TWIS 3/9/10:

  • American Sign Museum hopes to move into renovated Camp Washington building by 2012full article
  • GreenSource Cincinnati to celebrate grand opening downtownfull article
  • Acclaimed Neighborhood Enhancement Program rolls into Mt. Washingtonfull article
  • Cincinnati using innovative techniques to green city’s infrastructurefull article
  • Covington Neighborhood Summit to explore sense of communityfull article
  • Cincy’s first gelato company expands with “Dipping Stand”full article
  • PB&J promotes the good life in Cincinnatifull article
  • Cincinnati Wine Entrepreneur Finds Inspiration In Heritage (feature story)full article
  • Let The Games Begin (feature story)full article

Hive13 brings hackerspace to Cincinnati

Hive13 has been settling in to their versatile Camp Washington space where the growing group has brought Cincinnati its very own hackerspace to life. This past Saturday the group hosted a party and open house where Soapbox Cincinnati was able to get a glimpse inside.


First public Revive I-75 meeting this Thursday

Once in a generation does a city get an opportunity as great as what Cincinnati has before it right now with the redesign of Intestate 75. In the mid-Twentieth Century the interstate ripped through some of Cincinnati’s most densely populated neighborhoods and has permanently cut those urban communities off from one another. When I-75 was built it even destroyed the character of the famous Crosley Field when it ripped through the West End beyond the outfield walls and quickly turned the urban neighborhood into an auto-dependent no-man’s land that left the ballpark isolated.

Cincinnati’s once remarkable West End neighborhood prior to its demolition for I-75

Today, city leaders and urban designers have a chance to finally heal those 50-year-old wounds that are still evident throughout Cincinnati’s West End, Camp Washington, Northside, Queensgate, and western Central Business District. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, Cincinnati City Councilmember Roxanne Qualls has pushed for a comprehensive look at the corridor which has led to the selection of Urban Design Associates (UDA) to develop a plan that will energize and improve the quality of life in the study areas.

“It is important to recognize the opportunity to connect and reconnect the neighborhoods and their assets relative to Interstate 75,” said Charles Graves, Director, Department of City Planning. “By linking the neighborhoods to the interstate, the City of Cincinnati will be able to capitalize on new opportunities and strengthen existing assets.”

The Revive I-75 Cincinnati Focus Area Plans will look to do just this by working with neighborhood leaders on urban design plans that will focus on New Urbanist techniques and attempt to return the neighborhoods to the form they were originally built. In order to accomplish this Pittsburgh-based UDA will rely on heavy public involvement, through a series of public meetings, to get the best understanding for the urban spaces and neighborhoods they are dealing with.

The first of such meetings will take place on Thursday, November 12 from 6pm to 8pm at Cincinnati State (map) in the Advanced Technology & Learning Center Auditorium on the second floor. Parking will be available in the Central Parkway Garage on campus, and Metro bus service is also available. Plan your trip now using Metro’s Trip Planner.

If you’re unable to attend the meeting, and would still like to share your thoughts, then please call the Department of City Planning at (513) 352-4845 or email


This Week In Soapbox 6/30

This Week In Soapbox (TWIS) you can read about the future of the Kahn’s facility in Camp Washington, Nordstrom’s first Cincinnati location, the ripple effects surrounding the transition at Stratford Heights, a facelife for the 175 year-old Mercantile Library and Agenda 360’s rallying cry.

If you’re interested in staying in touch with some of the latest development news in Cincinnati please check out this week’s stories and sign up for the weekly E-Zine sent out by Soapbox Cincinnati.

TWIS 6/30:

  • The future of the Kahn’s facility in Camp Washingtonfull article
  • Nordstrom to open 138,000 square foot store in Kenwood this summerfull article
  • The ripple effects of Stratford Heights transitionfull article
  • 175 year-old Mercantile Library to receive major faceliftfull article
  • The Agenda 360 rallying cryfull article

This Week In Soapbox 5/19

This Week In Soapbox (TWIS) you can read about Rookwood Pottery’s new OTR digs, new restaurants in College Hill and Newport, downtown Cincinnati residential trends, new life for the historic Crosley Building in Camp Washington, a new water sports complex on Cincinnati’s upper westside and my feature article on Ohio’s 3-C Corridor that would introduce high-speed rail to Ohio’s primary metropolitan areas.

If you’re interested in staying in touch with some of the latest development news in Cincinnati please check out this week’s stories and sign up for the weekly E-Zine sent out by Soapbox Cincinnati.

TWIS 5/19:

  • Linking Ohio through the power of railfull article
  • College Hill business district welcomes Shhhhh Restaurantfull article
  • Historic Crosley Building may see new lifefull article
  • Rookwood Pottery completes first phase of $18M rehabilitation project in OTRfull article
  • Newport Pizza Co. adds locally owned pizzeria to Monmouthfull article
  • Wake Nation brings water sports thrill to Midwest with new Cincinnati parkfull article
  • Downtown Cincinnati experiencing steady population growth and stable selling pricesfull article