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The case for a more immigrant-friendly, diverse Cincinnati

Recently, the Brandery, a nationally top-10 ranked business accelerator located in Over-the-Rhine, hosted a fast-paced roundtable discussion on global talent attraction, immigration reform and the need for a more diverse Cincinnati. 

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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.

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Special Event: Building Community

In partnership with Northern Kentucky University's Office of Graduate Programs, join Soapbox this Thursday, May 15, from 5-7 p.m. at Hofbrauhaus in Newport. Enjoy a drink and learn how NKU faculty and graduate students are making an impact in our community.  

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National roundup: DC's 'High Line,' Cleveland's coolest digs, Denver's downtown boom

Issue Media Group publications such as Pop City in Pittsburgh, The Line in Minneapolis and Soapbox in Cincinnati cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network

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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.  

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My Soapbox: Kurt Platte, OTR architect and designer

Because of his extensive work in the neighborhood, local architect Kurt Platte could be considered the architect of the "new Over-the-Rhine." His eponymous firm, Platte Architecture + Design, is located in the heart of OTR just blocks away from many of the projects he's completed over the last decade.

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Nonprofit groups offer prescription for boosting community health

Cincinnati suffers from a wide disparity in health outcomes, and poverty and race are among the biggest culprits. Yet a network of local organizations is combating the health challenges facing our city.

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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.

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Alleys become pathways to urban revitalization

From Seattle to Cincinnati to Washington D.C., alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages to become havens for pedestrians, public art and small business.

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As non-native English speaking population grows, teachers find new ways to instruct students

Over the past five years, southwest Ohio has seen a 250 percent increase in its English Language Learner (ELL) population. Elementary teacher Erin Sucher has already adopted new ways to reach her students, and her job is going to get a little easier this year thanks to a $14.5 million grant for a program that will train teachers in new methods that enhance learning for all students.

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My Soapbox: Eddy Kwon of The Happy Maladies

Six years as a band has given The Happy Maladies time to understand what works without losing their spontanaeity. Eddy Kwon, the band's violinist and vocalist, spoke with Soapbox about the band's current endeavors to support their new LP and collaborative project, "Must Love Cats."

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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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What smart cities can learn from Memphis

The City of Memphis is on the rise thanks to a growing startup community, investments in bike lanes, a burgeoning arts district and people moving back to the city. Through it all, the city has listened to its residents and embraced ‘lean urbanism.’

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My Soapbox: Artist and musician Dylan Speeg

Dylan Speeg's illustration style has been compared with Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, while his music is a glamorous mixture of Delta Blues and Django Reinhardt. Find out what keeps this hardworking artist moving.

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Miracle Cure: How one nonprofit is tackling Cincinnati physician shortages

To address the physician gap, Cincinnati MD Jobs is attracting health care professionals not only by highlighting job openings, but also by showcasing the Queen City's treasure trove of assets, from restaurants to green space to a variety of living options.
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