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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.


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.


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.


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.


Abdullah Powell of Elementz: Cincinnati's youth are "a gift," not a problem

"I think one of the most important things Elementz shows participants is that they are valued," says Abdullah Powell, creative director of downtown's urban arts center who helps connect Cincinnati youth with the larger world.

casey coston

Soapdish: A September of festivals to remember

September in Cincinnati's urban basin has emerged as a never-ending blowout festival celebration, so I took in its three biggies on consecutive weekends: the nascent Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic, the pubescent MidPoint Music Festival and the sprawling, middle-aged Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.


How to activate your neighborhood in 5 steps this weekend

Kevin Wright and Joe Nickol believe in the power of pop-up biergartens in alleys and pop-up festivals in parking lots to transform neighborhoods, and they want to help you do it in your own neighborhood.


My Soapbox: Brad Schnittger launches MusicLi at MidPoint

After a nine-month journey as a People's Liberty Haile Fellowship grantee, Brad Schnittger officially unveils his MusicLi music licensing platform at this weekend's MidPoint Music Festival. Here's what it all means.

AAC President John Sullivan

The Art Academy's 10 years in OTR a story of potential realized but not yet fulfilled

After 10 years at 12th & Jackson Streets, the Art Academy of Cincinnati has in some ways given more to Over-the-Rhine — and the city — than it's received in return. But a decade of urban pioneering provides the school a new edge and a positive outlook.

Hitsville U.S.A., home of the Motown Museum in Detroit

Hitsville vs. Soulsville: How Detroit and Memphis are embracing their soul music heritage

There were two rival labels and cities that defined soul music in the public consciousness, Hitsville (Detroit) and Soulsville (Memphis). What can those cities' efforts to preserve and embrace their music heritage teach Cincinnati?

Jeni Jenkinss

Neighborhood Heroes: Building community in Northside

Maybe you know Northside for its 4th of July Parade, cool restaurants and bars or collection of shops selling all things vintage. But residents will tell you their community is much more thanks to neighborhood heroes who focus on inclusion.
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