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Soapbox takes a holiday: Happy Fourth

In honor of next week's holiday, we won't be publishing Soapbox the week of July 3. Enjoy your Fourth, and we'll see you the week of July 10 with plenty of stories about what's next in Cincinnati.

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VFA Fellows excited to move to Cincinnati

They are young, high-powered, high-achieving, highly skilled professionals with their sights set on the same thing: success in Cincinnati, start-up style. Read where they are working — and why.

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What The New York Times forgot: Our innovative parks

With the Smale Riverfront Park open and Washington Park debuting July 6, we take a closer look at how the Cincinnati Park Board's oft-overlooked innovations move, and in some cases outright push, the city forward.

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Soapbox Savings: Symphonic Stylings, June 23

It's part fund-raiser, part art show. Part chamber music concert, part fashion show. Part dance party, part pop-up sale. On June 23, Symphonic Stylings takes over 10,000 square feet in the Bertke Electric warehouse in Northside for an event like nothing you've seen before.

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Thinking inside the box pays off for Oakley's Blue Manatee

Kids love to turn boxes into toys. The experts at Blue Manatee in Oakley turned that inevitability into an award-winning product that stimulates imaginations while it promotes local businesses and sustainability.

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Fringe exposure

In its ninth year, Cincinnati Fringe Festival sparked ideas, opened minds and just plain entertained thousands of guests. One photographer took the long view of the 12-day celebration of all things Fringe and the results capture the art, and artists, in new and unusual ways.

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What he left behind

Marvin Gates, 25, was shot and killed on the streets of Evanston last month. He was a blip on the 24-hour news cycle radar. But for family, neighbors and his supporters at the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence, he was much, much more. Photos by Thomas E. Smith.

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Signs of progress light up museum's new home

Retrieving signs tossed into back alleys is something of a specialty for Tod Swormstedt, the force behind the American Sign Museum. With a working neon shop and 20,000 square feet of space, the museum's new home in Camp Washington gives his ever-growing collection a dazzling home. 

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Bright lights, neon city

Soapbox photographer Scott Beseler take us on a tour of the American Sign Museum in Camp Washington.

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My Soapbox: Sheida Soleimani, photographer

New college graduate and photographer Sheida Soleimani co-founded Third Party Gallery in Brighton last fall. She opens her second large-scale exhibit, which explores her Iranian-American identity as shaped by political refugee parents, at Prairie Gallery in Northside this week. The ambitious young artist talked with Soapbox's Elissa Yancey about work, school and coming to terms with cultural dualities.

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My Soapbox: Lyden Foust, Xavier University, Campus Solutions

Make way for Lyden Foust, the Xavier University senior who led the effort to host Xavier’s first TEDx event and was the only Xavier undergraduate honored with an Entrepreneurship Black Belt in an award ceremony last month. With two start-ups now under that black belt and work lined up in web development, design and branding after graduation, Foust recently spoke to Soapbox's Becky Johnson to explain his creative approach to business strategies and how he would like to challenge accepted notions about the purpose of profits.

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CEOs: City lovers tweet Cincinnati takeaways

Civic urban leaders from across disciplines--educators, executives, entrepreneurs--shared lessons and inspiration in Cincinnati last week, as the city played host to a conference that celebrated good ideas and creative leaders. So what were the takeaways?

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Fifth Quarter in Cincinnati: Not your mother's summer school

Now in its 4th year, Cincinnati Public Schools’ 5th Quarter program targets under-performing, low-income schools with an extended school year and a collective approach to learning, and fun, that's getting national attention.

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Drawing Cincinnati: Courttney's Vision

With nothing more than a ballpoint pen and paper, Visionaries and Voices artist Courttney Cooper creates large and highly detailed aerial 3-D drawings of the city that would impress even the most skilled cartographer.

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RSVP today: GOOD ideas in town this week

RSVP today to attend GOOD Ideas for Cities this Wednesday, May 16, at 6 pm, at the Contemporary Arts Center. Civic-minded designers and their teams present creative solutions to six uniquely Cincinnati challenges that range from education to transportation. Soapbox gives you a sneak peek!
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