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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks to Thanksgiving, there will be no email newsletter this week. Soapbox returns to your "in" box on Tuesday, Dec. 1.


Hamilton CORE Fund helps give downtown Hamilton a dramatic facelift

Soapbox's series on historic buildings coming back to life spotlights how the City of Hamilton and Hamilton CORE Fund are collaborating to change the face of its downtown.


Northern Kentucky FAME partners with educators, manufacturers to drive jobs

Northern Kentucky leaders are betting on an education-based jobs push from the local Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) chapter, a partnership among 18 area businesses, allied groups and academic institutions.


Eddy Kwon tries to be the change he encourages Cincinnati to embrace

Eddy Kwon describes himself in multiple ways — performer, composer, teacher, activist — that allow him to engage differently for his various projects as director of MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra.


My Soapbox: Cameron Kitchin, Cincinnati Art Museum Director

Cameron Kitchin says his first year as Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum "exceeded my expectations in every way." He looks ahead to new exhibitions, new leadership and new technology in this Q&A session.


Neighborhood Heroes: "Super Friends" fight crime together in Covington

Replace superhero characters with a nonprofit leader, a police chief and a grandmother and you have Covington's Super Friends, using the power of teamwork to create a safe and vibrant Westside neighborhood.


Artists can be the "connective tissue" of a neighborhood, but first they need a place to live

Artspace and other developers' creation of affordable artist live/work housing is a proven initiative that reinvigorates neighborhoods and brings members of diverse communities together.


Charting Cincinnati's next chapter (and mine)

Leaving my Soapbox post as founding publisher, I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to have told Cincinnati's story on these pages. I hope to take all I've learned over the years back out into the neighborhoods as I begin a new adventure.


Resurrection Part 2: More local churches find useful second lives

Following a run on abandoned churches being restored to new life, we peek inside the Southgate House Revival in Newport and The Monastery and Church of the Assumption in Walnut Hills.

Cincinnati parks

Soapdish: Cincinnati parks deserve better than Issue 22

Make no mistake: Issue 22 is bad government policy masquerading as "save our parks" hero. Let's consider all the ways this charter amendment is wrong for Cincinnati.


Building Engaged Communities: Why Xavier is promoting the cooperative movement

Cincinnati's role in the cooperative movement is rapidly expanding. Over the next year, by teaming up with a number of co-op organizations around town, Xavier University will host a three-part conference to spread the word; the first event is Nov. 12.


Creating a walkable city means restricting urban driving, reviving stairs & alleys

Two events this weekend highlight the opportunity to boost Cincinnati's urban core "one step at a time" through pedestrian-friendly planning and growth.


Reshaping the Rust Belt through immigrant talent

How America's former industrial heartland is reclaiming its economically powerful past by attracting foreign-born residents.

Kelly Thomas at Oyler

After Kelly Thomas' life took numerous turns, she now teaches "Life 101"

Some people crumble after a misstep, others shake it off and move on. Kelly Thomas' journey to a fulfilling role as "life coach" in Lower Price Hill is proof that it's possible to profoundly change for the better.


Kevin Kabat injects innovation into the centennial United Way campaign

Retiring as Fifth Third CEO, Kevin Kabat has ramped up efforts to bring innovation and long-term planning to the 100th anniversary United Way fundraising campaign in Greater Cincinnati.
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