Walnut Hills: Five Points Alley

The results from the Five Points Alley Five Points Alley Community Visioning Session were presented by the students from UC's Metrolab this past Saturday. I don't think any of the results were ground shaking or surprised anyone. I was more interested in what they thought of their findings but there were no conclusions drawn from the results. But its a start and Walnut Hills has community engagement and energy which is most important moving forward.
Plans are afoot to turn the Sunday Beer Garden into a weekend event with more family friendly programing on Saturday.
I hadn't heard of the Metrolab before but the concept is intriguing. Students are out in the real world with the neighborhood as their laboratory. With the Five Points Alley as their focus they developed a modular "lemonade stand" and showed it off after the presentation. It's a simple idea and an elegant solution to define a space for retail. The box pops open with a canopy for shade and a flat floor to separate a serving area from the general area.

Five Points Alley Results Session
Five Points Alley Results Session
Five Points Alley Results Session
Five Points Alley Results Session
Five Points Alley Results Session
Five Points Alley Results Session
Five Points Alley Results Session
lemonaide stand
Also announced are plans for Angst Coffee shop, directly across the alley and with its front door on Gilbert Ave. along with plans for a pub in the old bathhouse close by on Taft.
Five Points Alley Results Session
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University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
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Halfcut

Yes! after all the anticipation Halfcut is finally open for brewsness. Halfcut is taking a different approach to the bar concept. They originally intended to fill growlers through a walkup window, but they've expanded that and hit upon a "deli" style concept. Instead of having a crush at the bar, patrons line up, have an order taken then move down the bar to check out. It does make for a more intimate experience than the cattle calls you experience at some bars. Halfcut has also done away with the traditional tap handles not wanting people to get caught up on the artwork. I'm absolutely guilty of that, if I'm at a loss I always fall for cool tap handle. I'm sure with this system I'll try more beers than I normally would have.
Jack Heekin told me the first nigh already exceeded expectations and if they continue at that pace they'll need more cooler space than they currently have.
So whether you just want a pint or as many growlers as you can carry, Halfcut plans to have a beer just for you.

Halfcut
Halfcut
Halfcut
if you need help visualizing where your beer came from Halfcut has a simple and elegant infographic to help you out.
Halfcut
Halfcut
Halfcut
AJ, Jack and Tom
Halfcut
These guys are awesome! They grabbed me a bomber of Flower Power right before the keg blew.
Halfcut
Halfcut
Halfcut
Halfcut
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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Happy Cincinnati

This Pharrell Williams cover has been making its way around the web, its cheesy but its fun.

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4:7 Thesis Exhibition Show

The 4:7 Thesis Exhibition Show at the Art Academy of Cincinnati included a pretty cool popup shop featuring branding for OTR. What's the back story on this shop's extensive branding with 150 for sale t-shirts, tanks and sweatshirts?

Katie told me for her senior thesis exhibition she worked on a brand and campaign called This is OTR for the past 9 months. It's a pop-up shop that's centered around OTR.
The basis of the brand and campaign is educating people about the history of OTR and helping to dispel the lingering negative connotations of the neighborhood. The show is a culmination of these efforts.

This is OTR
This is OTR
This is OTR
This is OTR
This is OTR
All the other artist had amazing work on display also, including a performance piece by Mike Price that could have been shocking for anyone who has never seen an animal skinned.
I also liked David Cestelli's bike branding, pretty cool.
This is OTR
This is OTR
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Jay Bruce* is livin large at Great American and downtown

Ferrari 430
*It probably isn't Jay Bruce's Ferrari F430. But it could be!
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nei pesci ci fidiamo: St. Therese Little Flower

St. Therese Little Flower was the last church fish fry of the season and it was probably my favorite so far, with a few caveats. But more of that later, there were no lines which had me worried for a minute but I'm guessing that will happen at a smaller parish, and the weather was incredible which might have kept people outside.
The fish was the crispiest and tastiest so far. The steak fries were also very good, coated and crunchy. The cole slaw is nontraditional, but in a good way and I liked the touch of pepper they added.
Now for the downside, the servings were small, four steak fries? I know these fish fries are fund raisers but come on. But I shouldn't complain, I'll take a little quality over generous portions of mediocracy any day.
St. Therese ended at 4 out of 5 fish with the portions holding them back.

Friday Fish Fry St Therese Little Flower
Friday Fish Fry St Therese Little Flower
Friday Fish Fry St Therese Little Flower
Friday Fish Fry St Therese Little Flower
Friday Fish Fry St Therese Little Flower
Friday Fish Fry St Therese Little Flower
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1 fish dinner

Sid Saturday

Sid
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photons streaming from a red hot sun

4th St right outside my door
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