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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.’


OTR A.D.O.P.T. takes matchmaking approach to preserving properties

Nonprofit OTR A.D.O.P.T. matches deteriorating historical buildings with individuals and small developers committed to preserving and enriching the historical fabric of Over-the-Rhine.

Turning trash into treasure, creative reuse movement boosts urban economies

Geared toward artists, teachers, parents and crafters seeking raw materials, creative reuse centers have been popping up across the U.S. They’re treasure troves of creative possibilities for anyone with an artistic mindset.

Demand Better: Building healthy, vibrant neighborhoods

As we continue to reprise our four-part Demand Better series, we take a look at innovations and ideas that empower and support neighbors here and around the country—and offer some key demands for Cincinnati's future as election day approaches.

Bridging urban divides: Northside developments take new shapes

On one long-empty, hotly contested corner lot in Northside, neighbors and business owners look for hope, inspiration and potential for thoughtful growth and development.

New brew in town: Party Source expansion taps into region's passion for beer

From growlers of fresh beer made to last for a month to Skype tasting sessions with the nation's top brewers, the new Party Source Campus is custom designed to offer expansive exposure to American artisanal spirits.

Putting polish on the Crown in OTR

The renovation of the much-admired but long-neglected Crown Building on the edge of Findlay Market is more than a story of timely real estate development. It's the tale of a creative and determined couple with a dedication to historic preservation and a deep belief in the value of living and working in the heart of Cincinnati.


My Soapbox: Sherry Carran, Covington's mayor-elect

Covington's first female mayor, Sherry Carran, takes office next month. The alum of the University of Cincinnati’s architecture program and long-time Northern Kentuckian shares her thoughts on her election, her goals, and bikes in Covington with Soapbox’s Hannah Purnell.
 

Chicks in the city: a snapshot of sustainable urban living

Boxed in the backyard of a stucco Northside home, 72 toes claw through straw and shredded compost. Nine clucking chickens are cooped up in chicken-wire-wrapped wood beams. Welcome to Chris Lamkin's world.

Psst: Cincinnati's greener than you think

From a nationally recognized "poop processor" to a net-zero energy corporate headquarters, Cincinnati exemplifies "green" leadership to other cities and states. So why aren't more locals talking about it? Soapbox offers four conversation starters.

The New Revolutionaries: Smarter than a Goldfish

What do shoe-making workshops, recycled sketch paper and Portolets have in common? They're all part of Main Street entrepreneur Alisha Budkie's sustainable world, one the UC design alum is helping build with support from longtime neighbors and a growing army of her peers in Over-the-Rhine.

Second Sunday on Main

From chocolate chili popsicles to handmade shoes, from art galleries to sustainability-focused retailers, Main Street in Over-the-Rhine continues its latest renaissance. Soapbox photographer Scott Beseler offers a visual 411, with images captured during an idyllic Second Sunday on Main celebration. 

On a roll: Euro Cargo bikes mix art, sustainability

What happens when a European designer lands in Cincinnati to create a new breed of Cargo Bike? Farmers, and artists, take note.
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