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My Soapbox: Jim DeBrosse, Author & OTR Observer

Jim DeBrosse has reissued his mystery novel Hidden City, which was set in politically charged Over-the-Rhine in the late 1980s and early '90s, and moved back to the neighborhood after 20 years away. He discusses how much has changed and not changed in OTR over the years.

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West Side Super-Volunteer Patti Hogan: Safety and cleanliness "critical" to neighborhood success

It might take a village to raise a child, but Patti Hogan proves that it takes just a few dedicated volunteers to pick up trash and help improve their West Side neighborhoods one street, one house and one empty lot at a time.

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Regional Indicators update: Cincinnati improves vs. peer cities, but a lot of work remains

Greater Cincinnati has improved slightly compared to peer cities but still lags in job creation, venture capital investment and other important areas, according to the Regional Indicators Report’s 2014 update presented at the Covington Business Council luncheon March 19.

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Hughes STEM High School a springboard for effective, community-based learning

Because of strong community partnerships that result in events like speed mentoring and with lots of opportunities for experiential learning, Hughes STEM High School students are a step closer to bright futures.

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Soapdish: Cincinnati Neighborhood Summit tries to erase boundaries, promote partnerships

Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods are a patchwork quilt of different sizes, shapes, allegiances and demographics cobbled together into a diverse and sometimes non-cohesive unit. The 2015 Neighborhood Summit looked to erase boundaries and emphasize the results of successful partnerships among our neighborhoods.

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Craft beer panel discussion a big hit

More than 150 people attended the March 11 Soapbox Speaker Series discussion of craft beer as community development at UC's Niehoff Urban Studio featuring Nine Giant's Michael Albarella, Rhinegeist's Bryant Goulding and Wiedemann's Doug Newberry. And there's been more craft beer news since.

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A Walk on the Wild Side with Danny Korman

Danny Korman has accumulated many titles over the years via his Park + Vine shop: entrepreneur, trailblazer, do gooder, vegan, character, friend to the environment, activist. He'll soon be adding one more, author, with his "Walking Cincinnati" guidebook.

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Top 10 transportation stories for 2015 and beyond

As winter slowly recedes and potholes reappear, can spring flowers and infrastructure updates be far behind? Here are 10 transportation stories we’re following that will impact Greater Cincinnati throughout 2015 and beyond.

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In Denver, legal marijuana spurs entrepreneurialism and gentrification

The Mile High City's booming marijuana industry has created and catalyzed thousands of jobs. While its impact rivals that of any single economic development initiative in the city's recent history, there are also plenty of challenges and growing pains.

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Soapbox Speaker Series: Nine Giant, Rhinegeist, Wiedemann's on Craft Beer As Community Development

Soapbox and the University of Cincinnati's Niehoff Urban Studio host a forum March 11 on beer entrepreneurs who are helping drive community development. Leaders of Nine Giant, Rhinegeist and Wiedemann's will talk about their neighborhoods and bring samples.

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My Soapbox: Brad Schnittger, MusicLi

Thanks to my People’s Liberty Haile Fellowship grant, I've begun shaping the details of MusicLi, a licensing and library service for local musicians. Here's where I am so far in the development phase.

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If Not Me, Who?: Social entrepreneur Derrick Braziel answers the call

"Every person has the ability to change the world," says Derrick Braziel, 28, who puts his words into action through MORTAR's mentorship of low-income, minority or other "non-traditional" entrepreneurs.

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Soapdish: Cincinnati will always be Queen City of the West

Many of us know that Cincinnati's Queen City designation is fully stated as "Queen City of the West," a nod to a time when this was the largest and most important inland city in the U.S. But do you know just how influential Cincinnati was back in the day?

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UPDATED Soapbox Speaker Series: Craft Beer As Community Development

UPDATED WITH PANELISTS AND RSVP. Soapbox is partnering again with the University of Cincinnati's Niehoff Urban Studio to host a forum on urban development trends, this time focusing on beer entrepreneurs who are helping drive community development. The March 11 event will also feature samples of their newest products.

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Neighborhood Heroes: Working behind the scenes in Pleasant Ridge

We all know someone who's emerged as a "hero" in our neighborhood, helping turn a failing school into a national model or saving a library, ensuring that their friends, family and neighbors thrive. This week we profile Pleasant Ridge heroes.
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