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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.

growing cities

In growing cities, parking challenges require creative solutions

As more people move to cities, how can rapidly developing neighborhoods tackle parking challenges without gobbling up valuable urban space for off-street lots?


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.


Interact for Health's Ann Barnum forges coalitions to address heroin addiction

The plague of heroin and opiate abuse in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky causes many to throw up their hands in dismay, but not Ann Barnum, whose work at Interact for Health focuses on collaboration to fight back.

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.


The secret(s) to sustainable urban farms across the U.S.

Urban agriculture, once a buzz-y idea for transforming vacant spaces, has taken root in cities across America. Cities and farmers are now thinking about how to make the movement sustainable year-round and long-term.

ann Senefeld

Why Ann Senefeld digs Cincinnati's history, and why you should too

What started with Ann Senefeld's childhood home in Colerain Township has grown into a passion to uncover the hidden stories buried in Cincinnati's historic buildings.

Kirby School

Large renovation projects taking shape in Northside, Covington and OTR

The fifth installment of a Soapbox series focusing on building redevelopment looks at three large projects in Greater Cincinnati's urban core: new housing in Covington and Northside and a new innovation hub in Over-the-Rhine.


Krista Taylor and Gamble Montessori: "I really believe that we change lives"

When Krista Taylor received Cincinnati Public Schools' "Educator of the Year" award, she donated the $10,000 prize to her school, Gamble Montessori, to help students attend a marine biology bootcamp.

cook for america

Food for Thought: Introducing scratch-made goodness to school cafeterias

Interact for Health and Cook for America have partnered with schools in Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati to try healthy alternatives in the lunchroom.

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?
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