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UC's DAAP Students and DCI team up to re-envision Downtown Cincinnati

After many semesters of international travel, more than 60 students from UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning recently re-envisioned downtown Cincinnati in an end-of-the-semester project.  


Soapdish: 'Dump the Pump' commuting experiment races bikes, buses and cars

Three commuters recently traveled from Mt. Lookout Square to City Hall via bus, bike and car to find out which mode of transportation was the fastest, friendliest — and most enjoyable.


Local architect dishes on downtown restaurant design

Don Beck has designed some of Cincinnati's most eye-catching restaurants and bars, from Kaze to Nada to The Righteous Room. The local architect shares his insights on setting the stage for Cincinnati hotspots.


Downtown living options on the rise

Suburbanites and young profesionals alike are embracing downtown Cincinnati living, with housing stock filling up faster than anticipated. That demand is driving up prices, but there are four new options on the horizon offering some less expensive units for those who wish to live and work in the urban core.


Two formerly homeless Cincinnatians tell their stories

Meet Ronnie and Willa, two Cincinnati residents who have faced what 25,000 people in the city experience each year: homelessness. Here they share their stories in video.

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The battle for talent: What cities are doing to attract urban professionals

For today's top talent, the job market is only one thing to consider when choosing where to live. Urban professionals also want a vibrant city to plug into, a creative place where they can network with other smart people and a dynamic place where they can find their next job.


30 must-try Cincinnati food trucks

Over the last few years, food trucks have been on the rise across the country, and Cincinnati is no exception. Consider this your casual summer dining roadmap.


My Soapbox: Chef Joe West, The Palace at The Cincinnatian Hotel

It's been three months since Chef Joe West moved from Kansas City to take over the kitchen of The Palace restaurant inside The Cincinnatian Hotel. After years of moving from city to city, looking for the right fit, things are cooking for West in the Queen City.


Bike Month highlights Cincy's burgeoning bike culture

With more than 100 events planned in celebration of National Bike Month, and a series of bike-related projects and programs on the horizon, Cincinnati’s bicycling culture is starting to boom.  


Quality preschool key to lifelong success

Studies show that two years in a quality preschool can have an enormous impact on a child’s life trajectory — more than interventions at any other stage — but few families can afford it. Preschool Promise is a program aimed at closing that gap, and a new pilot program shows how universal access to quality preschool can work.


25 most iconic Cincy companies captured in video

Starting with Graeter's, local animation firm Flaming Medusa Studios will tell the stories of 25 celebrated Cincinnati companies in its new series of animated videos, dubbed the Queen City Chronicles.

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Mayor Cranley: A Soapdish progress report

Soapdish columnist Casey Coston turns a critical eye on Cincinnnati Mayor John Cranley's first 100 days in office and urges the new administration to do better when it comes to the streetcar, parking and downtown development.


For startups, money changes everything

Making Cincinnati a place where entrepreneurial dreams are realized is the goal of seed-stage funders like CincyTech, the Brandery and Cintrifuse when they match startups with crucial investment dollars. Financial backing and venture capital hookups from these organizations helped local startup Ahalogy become a wildly successful Pinterest marketing agency.


Accelerators vs. Incubators: Cincinnati's red hot startup scene

As Cincinnati grows into one of the nation’s premier technology startup hubs, accelerators and incubators have become an important part of the business landscape. But what’s the difference, who are the key players, and how do they serve the business community?


Love of local brew fuels rapid rise of Cincy's beer market

As the number of local microbreweries enters double digits, the city’s beer entrepreneurs are having a hard time keeping up with demand. Innovation in the growing beer economy is ensuring the taps won't run dry.
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