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Soapbox's March 11 panel discussion on craft beer was well-attended

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.


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.

Wouldn't a new highway bridge look nice?

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.

Green Mile

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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


Why the arts need to invest in innovation

"Ideas are like commodities," says arts fundraiser and consultant Scott Provancher. "Everyone has them. But, like a commodity, the real value is what you make of it. You need discipline and help." The March 4 smART Summit will prod local arts leaders to embrace innovation to make ideas a reality.


The Road to Development: Three more neighborhood residential projects

What are older buildings blossoming into? This installment of Soapbox's redevelopment series focuses on the unique reuse of an old Northside factory and new residential buildings cropping up in the little-known downtown Brighton neighborhood.


More Social Innovation: Making lives better, one job at a time

"It's meant a lot to me to find a job where I live," says long-time Over-the-Rhine resident DeShawn Ashley, who works at Holtman's Donuts and Washington Park. "I was down here for the rough times, and now it's the good times."

Happy birthday dog

Soapbox at Seven

Our online publication was founded in February 2008 with a mission to "climb up on this Soapbox of ours" and tell the story of a city in sustained transformation. Happy birthday to us, and thank you for being a fellow traveler.

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Social Innovation: Why some new OTR businesses look to hire neighborhood residents

Some bash Over-the-Rhine redevelopment as "gentrification," others do something about it. See why new OTR businesses are purposefully hiring from the neighborhood, improving the community as they improve their bottom lines.
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