BLINK Cincinnati

Cincinnati: The Future City!
I hope you were as challenged and inspired as I was.
What an amazing party, it was every event held in Cincinnati rolled into one x 100.
BLINK was expected to be one of the largest light, art and projection mapping events in the nation, it featured large-scale projection mapping, murals, urban artscape, media light and interactive art. I would be shocked if it wasn't the biggest events Cincinnati has ever hosted. There was a solid mass of people overflowing sidewalks from the Banks all the way to Findlay Market. The organizers were hoping for a half million people, I bet they surpassed that easily. It will be interesting to see the estimates.
Its hard to put into words how overwhelming the whole thing was. The installations, the people, everything.
Everywhere I went people exclaimed, "I hope they do this again next year!" Well that won't happen because it took them over a year to plan it, but if someone steps up and donates a couple million the organizers can do it again in two or three years.
How amazing would that be?
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Architects of Air

Its hard to put this experience into words, I guess if you landed on an alien world with no points of reference it might feel like this.
Totally alien.
The funny thing is, its not just visual, I could feel weight pressing down in the red sections and it would lift off in the blue sections. And it was a cloudy day, if it is sunny Saturday like the forecast says it will be this thing will be amazing.
Architects of Air of air is the only Blink exhibit open during the day and the only one with a cover charge. But it is totally worth the $5 entry fee. Its open 10am through 6:30pm through Sunday.
Don't pass it up.

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Empower opens shop in OTR

The Marketer, a brand new, 64,000-square-foot commercial office building at 15. E 14th Street hosted a ribbon cutting yesterday morning. Well, it would be more accurate to say a pancake cutting. See Empower has six core values and they don't pay them lip service. Those core values appear iron clad and were repeated throughout the building. Getting back to the pancakes, Breakfast First is the first core value. Its about breakfast but not just about breakfast. If a day, a project or anything else begins with thoughtful purpose good things will follow.
The Marketer was built on an empty lot but is is connected to a very old existing building. The Hukon was saved at great expense and testifies to Empower's commitment to the OTR neighborhood as a steward and a good neighbor. The Yukon holds a number of state of the art conference and meeting rooms as well as a gym for employees.
Good things are happening for Empower, MediaPost’s 2016 Agency of the Year and one of the nations largest independent media agencies.
Welcome to OTR.

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The breakfast first room, next to a sleek coffee bar.
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A graphic representation of the six core values.
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Let's be Clear. This room is also a physical representation, taken to the Nth degree, of their desire to be transparent.
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Another core value to take chances, fail, dust yourself off and try again.
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The 4th floor, which they will eventually lease out has some mind blowing views. The only part of the tour that had me scratching my head was this, why didn't they skip the first floor and go two through four? If you're in need of a large open office with views to impress clients call Empower right now.
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Music Hall Re-opens

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Cleveland Arcades

Maybe people outside of Cleveland have never heard of The Arcade. It's a five-story structure which opened in 1890 and is a cross between a lighted courtyard and a commercial shopping street. It looks like one big building but the Arcade is a complex of three structures: two nine-story office buildings facing out to Euclid and Superior Avenues, connected via the five-story iron-and-glass-enclosed arcade. Today a Hyatt Hotel, which redeveloped the Arcade into a Hyatt Regency hotel, occupies the two towers and the top three floors of the atrium area. The two lower floors of the atrium area remain open to the public.
Even people who know about “The Arcade” in Cleveland, might not know there are actually two more. The Euclid arcade, with its white marble floors, white terra cotta walls, and sky-lit white barrel-vaulted ceiling. One hundered feet away from the Euclid is the Colonial Arcade which offers a different feel, sporting an iron and glass ceiling fine detailing on its balcony-level walls and fixtures.
The arcades are a throwback to a different time.

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The Colonial Arcade was built in 1898.
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The Euclid Arcade was constructed in 1911.
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Cincinnati City Council-member Chris Seelbach receives the coveted Sid endorsement.
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Streetcar Maintenance Facility

Or as the former Mayor Mallory refereed to it, C.O.A.S.T. the Center Of Advanced Streetcar Technology. A little bit of an inside joke for diehard streetcar supporters and a poke at its biggest opponents. Advanced maybe, but it was mostly a straight forward machine shop with some adaptions for a large vehicle like a streetcar. Almost everything is modular on the streetcar, when routine maintenance is needed the part is pulled off and replaced so the unit can quickly return to service and technicians aren't rushed while completing repairs.

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A model of a PCC, the first standardized streetcar and also the last to run in Cincinnati.
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The trucks don't have an axle allowing for the low floor design of our streetcar. They also don't swivle, they are fixed to the body and the articulation of the streetcar body allows it to take curves.
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