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Neighborhood Heroes: Sharing a passion for Walnut Hills

Walnut Hills is a neighborhood on the rise, with close proximity to downtown and a rich history among its key assets. But its greatest strength lies in the diverse and dedicated residents who have a real passion for improving their community.

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Cincinnati's "hunger for alternative work" brought performer Paul Strickland here to stay

After staging comedy pieces in the 2013 and 2014 Cincinnati Fringe Festivals, Paul Strickland was so taken with the city's embrace of alternative theater and new ideas that he moved here in January. Know Theatre, which produces the Fringe Fest, has become his home base to "teach workshops and do strange things."

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Students gain newfound confidence through Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam

Aiken High School students are preparing for the first-ever Louder Than a Bomb Cincinnati, part of the world's largest poetry slam competition, with Saturday night's finals offering $3,000 in prizes and a recording opportunity at Elementz.

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Journey to the Center: How Albert Pyle plotted a new future for the Mercantile Library

Albert Pyle retires in July after 22 years as executive director of downtown's Mercantile Literary Arts Center, completing his oversight of the 180-year-old institution's evolution from a traditional circulating library to the region's premier literary beacon.

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5 ways to support artists in your community

Artists are in every community, and their work is more relevant than ever. Yet if communities are going to realize the full potential of artists’ power to contribute to positive change, they need to sustain and support them. Creative Exchange offers tools and resources to help. 

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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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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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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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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.

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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."
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