Will a W. 4th St revival stick this time?

Way back in the mid-aughts, 2005-6 a group of business owners were formulating ambitious plans to launch what they were calling the Soapbox District. In the southwest corner of downtown featuring W. 4th the plans including reverting Plum St to two way traffic and using the extra space from eliminated lanes for a small pocket park. Remember the proposed restaurant Boss Cox? They even worked with a local brewer on their own branded beer.
Then the recession hit.
Fast forward 10 years and years of businesses coming and going, the Loring Group has waded into the neighborhood to try and turn the street's fortunes. The Loring Group now controls six properties including 300 apartments and almost a whole blocks worth of street-level retail. They are using the formula that has worked so well for 3CDC, rather than a business here and there, they want to develop a whole block at once.
W. 4th has a lot going for it, the historic buildings are beautiful. Soon the 4th and Race project will begin and a possible hotel at 4th and Plum will bring more foot traffic than the area has seen in years.
If you don't visit the area regularly then you'd be surprised at all the activity. Buildings are getting the attention they haven't in years, fresh paint and mortar joints repaired. They've already made a big difference on the street. It's going to be interesting to see how this all plays out, The Loring Group definitely isn't shy about employing some cheesy promotions for their property.

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The Downtown Tour of Living

I haven't been on one of these downtown home tours for years but a bunch of new apartment and condos have come online lately and well, I'm as nosy as anyone about how other people are living.
The one big take away? Dogs! Almost every single apartment building had a dedicated pet area and a couple of them had dog baths.
Two of the new places have small pools and they all had incredible community spaces.
My favorites were Seven at Broadway, ENCORE Urban Living, and Eight One Three Broadway. The first two had mind-blowing views and Eight One Three had some interesting spaces.
There has never been a better time to live downtown!
Seven at Broadway, they had a really cool simulation that was used to zoom in and out and around the four properties they manage. Seven at Broadway if you don't know is the one built on top of a parking garage on the eastern edge of downtown.

Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
ENCORE Urban Living is that cool color changing building between 7th and 8th on Sycamore.
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Eight One Three
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Crane Factory Flats and City Club.
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
Downtown Tour of Living
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Sid Saturday

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Buena Tinta

Buena Tinta which translates to “Good Ink” in Spanish is the latest photo exhibit at BLDG. Jens Rosenkrantz Jr has traveled to Cuba over the last couple years to document the culture. He has attempted to understand the culture through its underground art, music and skateboard culture that also includes tattoos.
The show runs through October 26th and move info can be found HERE.

Buena Tinta
Buena Tinta
Buena Tinta
Buena Tinta
Buena Tinta
Buena Tinta
Buena Tinta
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Cliftonfest

I'm a sucker for a good street festival and the Cliftonfest always delivers. Music, food, and streetart, or sidewalk art actually.

Cliftonfest
Cliftonfest
Cliftonfest
Cliftonfest
Cliftonfest
Cliftonfest
Cliftonfest
Cliftonfest
Cliftonfest
Cliftonfest
Cliftonfest
Cliftonfest
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I'm enjoying the last of the biking weather while it lasts

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5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show

The Cincinnati Bike Show, host by the UC Bike Kitchen and UC|sustainability is always held during Bike Month. But if you remember this past May, it was crazy weather wise. The day of the show dawned cool and sunny but as the time approached for the show to begin the snow was driven sideways by the wind and mixed with sleet. The was not a fun ride to the bus I can assure you and the show was rescheduled TBD.
Well TBD finally rolled around and it was a brilliant amazing day this time.

5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show
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