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Soapdish: Updated insider's guide to OTR and Downtown

A second installment, three years later, updates Casey's "Highly Subjective, Sometimes Eccentric, Oftentimes Random Insider's Guide to Over-the-Rhine and Downtown." You're now ready to conquer the town with a knowing wink and ironically arched eyebrow.

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Resurrection: One-time Cincinnati churches find new life by celebrating life

As urban centers attract a new generation eager to live in walkable neighborhoods, many abandoned churches are once again celebrating life. We profile three new "adaptive reuse" conversions in Northside and Over-the-Rhine.    

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Soapdish: Streetcar opponents just can't seem to 'move on'

"Move on" makes a great bumper sticker slogan and a pretty good name for a progressive online grassroots organization. It's also what Mayor John Cranley and other streetcar opponents promised to do in late 2013 when the project got back on track. But they can't or won't, and to what gain?

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Cincinnati's "hunger for alternative work" brought performer Paul Strickland here to stay

After staging comedy pieces in the 2013 and 2014 Cincinnati Fringe Festivals, Paul Strickland was so taken with the city's embrace of alternative theater and new ideas that he moved here in January. Know Theatre, which produces the Fringe Fest, has become his home base to "teach workshops and do strange things."

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Students gain newfound confidence through Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam

Aiken High School students are preparing for the first-ever Louder Than a Bomb Cincinnati, part of the world's largest poetry slam competition, with Saturday night's finals offering $3,000 in prizes and a recording opportunity at Elementz.

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My Soapbox: Jim DeBrosse, Author & OTR Observer

Jim DeBrosse has reissued his mystery novel Hidden City, which was set in politically charged Over-the-Rhine in the late 1980s and early '90s, and moved back to the neighborhood after 20 years away. He discusses how much has changed and not changed in OTR over the years.

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Soapdish: Cincinnati Neighborhood Summit tries to erase boundaries, promote partnerships

Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods are a patchwork quilt of different sizes, shapes, allegiances and demographics cobbled together into a diverse and sometimes non-cohesive unit. The 2015 Neighborhood Summit looked to erase boundaries and emphasize the results of successful partnerships among our neighborhoods.

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A Walk on the Wild Side with Danny Korman

Danny Korman has accumulated many titles over the years via his Park + Vine shop: entrepreneur, trailblazer, do gooder, vegan, character, friend to the environment, activist. He'll soon be adding one more, author, with his "Walking Cincinnati" guidebook.

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Top 10 transportation stories for 2015 and beyond

As winter slowly recedes and potholes reappear, can spring flowers and infrastructure updates be far behind? Here are 10 transportation stories we’re following that will impact Greater Cincinnati throughout 2015 and beyond.

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Soapbox Speaker Series: Nine Giant, Rhinegeist, Wiedemann's on Craft Beer As Community Development

Soapbox and the University of Cincinnati's Niehoff Urban Studio host a forum March 11 on beer entrepreneurs who are helping drive community development. Leaders of Nine Giant, Rhinegeist and Wiedemann's will talk about their neighborhoods and bring samples.

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My Soapbox: Brad Schnittger, MusicLi

Thanks to my People’s Liberty Haile Fellowship grant, I've begun shaping the details of MusicLi, a licensing and library service for local musicians. Here's where I am so far in the development phase.

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If Not Me, Who?: Social entrepreneur Derrick Braziel answers the call

"Every person has the ability to change the world," says Derrick Braziel, 28, who puts his words into action through MORTAR's mentorship of low-income, minority or other "non-traditional" entrepreneurs.

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Why the arts need to invest in innovation

"Ideas are like commodities," says arts fundraiser and consultant Scott Provancher. "Everyone has them. But, like a commodity, the real value is what you make of it. You need discipline and help." The March 4 smART Summit will prod local arts leaders to embrace innovation to make ideas a reality.

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More Social Innovation: Making lives better, one job at a time

"It's meant a lot to me to find a job where I live," says long-time Over-the-Rhine resident DeShawn Ashley, who works at Holtman's Donuts and Washington Park. "I was down here for the rough times, and now it's the good times."

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Social Innovation: Why some new OTR businesses look to hire neighborhood residents

Some bash Over-the-Rhine redevelopment as "gentrification," others do something about it. See why new OTR businesses are purposefully hiring from the neighborhood, improving the community as they improve their bottom lines.
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