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Streetsblog Meeting in Cincinnati

November 10, 2015 Featured, Site Info, Travel 3 Comments

In January the Streetsblog  network expanded into new areas, including a Streetsblog St. Louis. In April many of us gathered in Dallas to discuss urban blogging, followed by the 23rd Congress for the New Urbanism conference.  Later this week we’ll meet again, this time in Cincinnati. Three weeks after taking Megabus to Cleveland via Chicago I’ll be back on Megabus to Chicago and across Indiana into Ohio.

I’ve driven past Cincinnati several times over the years, but I’ve never stopped. Like many my age, I grew up watching WKRP in Cincinnati. To this pre-teen, in Oklahoma City, Cincinnati looked more like what I thought a city should be — based solely on the show’s opening sequence.

With Thanksgiving coming up I had to include a clip from a classic episode.

I’m sure Cincinnati today is nothing like 1978 sitcom Cincinnati, I’ll have three nights to explore. I don’t know much about the city, only what I’ve read. I’ll check out Fountain Square:

Fountain Square has been the symbolic center of Cincinnati since 1871. The square, which replaced a butcher’s market, was a gift from Henry Probasco in memory of Tyler Davidson. Probasco traveled to Munich and commissioned a bronze allegorical fountain from Ferdinand von Miller named The Genius of Water. Originally, the square occupied a large island in the middle of Fifth Street with buildings to the north and south, much like nearby Piatt Park. A 1971 renovation of the square included slightly moving and re-orienting the fountain to the west, and enlarging the plaza by removing the original westbound portion of 5th Street and demolishing buildings to the north. It is used for lunch-breaks, rallies, and other gatherings. (Wikipedia)

Of course I’ll read a lot on the UrbanCincy blog, also part of the Streetblog network. I’ll check out their public transit — including the route of the modern streetcar line opening September 2016. Their never completed subway sounds fascinating. Few things I love more than seeing a new city for the first time, thank you Streetsblog!’

— Steve Patterson

 

 

 

 

Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. JZ71 says:

    STL > CHI > CIN is not the most direct way to get there. Going through Indianapolis or Louisville would be much shorter, in both time and distance.

    One thing you do need to check out is their riverfront – it puts STL to shame.

     
    • Yes, but time is only one factor. Cost is a greater issue, keeping the trip within the stipend. Going directly via Greyhound would’ve taken less time but requires me to pay out of pocket.

       
  2. ScottF says:

    I agree with JZ71 about Cincinnati’s riverfront. Their version of “Ballpark Village” is actually a street grid with multi-story condos and retail (well, mostly restaurants and bars) on the ground level.

     

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