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Second Sunday on Main

Summer can't start, without one of these. Second Sunday on Main, OTR's organic half street fair half social event has cranked back up. 2018 is the 13th year for SSOM which was started to bring OTR together on Main St.
I really like it just for the fact that the people have reclaimed the street, if only for a day. Once upon a time streets were where people shopped, conversed, laughed, watched one another. When people did use the street for travel, it was slowly - by foot, by horse, by bicycle, by streetcar. How awesome is it that people now show up to SSOM by foot, by bike, and by streetcar once again?
If you missed June's SSOM you still have four more chances.

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Cincinnati alleys

Alley's, most people would say are only beautiful for their utility if they say anything about them at all.
They're a rough and rugged part of Cincinnati's infrastructure. But they have fallen out of favor, out of sight and out of mind, and have been disappearing for years, swallowed up by new developments and/or expansions of existing buildings. Mostly, parking lots are the worst culprits.
But one group, Spring in Our Steps, is focused on shining light onto these overlooked and unloved places. SiOS organizes frequent cleanups and events in alleys and sometimes even an alley ride. It's always interesting to see the city in a brand new way.
There is still life in Queen City's alleys yet.

Alley Ride
Alley Ride
Alley Ride
Alley Ride
Alley Ride
Alley Ride
Alley Ride
Alley Ride
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Cars and Coffee

The best car show in Cincinnati happens every Saturday morning at a little coffee shop east of downtown. And all it will cost you is the price of a coffee! Where is this magical place? Fuel Coffee located just 3 1/2 miles east of downtown at 2726 Riverside Dr.
There is guaranteed to be one or more mind-blowing cars from whatever genre you're into. Or if you're like me, I can appreciate just about everything: cars, bikes, survivors they all have their charms.

Cars and Coffee
Cars and Coffee
Cars and Coffee
Cars and Coffee
Cars and Coffee
Cars and Coffee
Cars and Coffee
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Streetlife and foot traffic

The southwest corner of downtown is resident heavy but business thin. That could all be changing soon with 3CDC's purchase of a 1.7-acre parking lot that sits between 4th and 5th St. The parking lot is split into two parcels, 221 and 250 W. Fifth St.
3CDC has said before that the lack of a strong headquarters hotel has been one of the biggest issues facing the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau.
I'd love to see a hotel go in that space, it would give W 4th St a jolt of needed foot traffic.
While they said all uses for the site will be explored, they've already started the exploratory part of the site drilling core samples.
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Bunbury

This isn't strictly a downtown thing, anyone could roll down to the riverfront and duplicate this experience. Living downtown though its pretty incredible to roll down to Bunbury on the bike and experience almost the entire festival without buying a ticket. Hanging out at friends riverfront apartments, hanging out on bridges. It was even more eye-opening to realize for bands on the big stage, I was actually closer to the action than fans in the very back of the crowd.
They did put up a fence with construction privacy screen on one side of the Purple People Bridge which seemed like a dick move, we were channeling Super Troopers, they don't own the bridge, God, it's God's bridge! But all you could see were trees anyhow so I didn't get it. But it did give me respite from the sun.
That was an awesome weekend.

Bunbury
Bunbury
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5th Annual Preservation Ride

Every year the Cincinnati Preservation Collective hosts a bike ride around a neighborhood highlighting historicly significant building under the most threat. Why bikes? Well they are the fastest easiest cheapest way to move people around cities for one. You really can't experience a neighorhood any better than being immersed in it.
This year the ride wandered through Walnut Hills and Evanston, I didn't realize how much awesome housing stock was located in that area.
And then we ate ice cream!

5th Annual Preservation Ride
5th Annual Preservation Ride
5th Annual Preservation Ride
5th Annual Preservation Ride
5th Annual Preservation Ride
5th Annual Preservation Ride
5th Annual Preservation Ride
5th Annual Preservation Ride
5th Annual Preservation Ride
5th Annual Preservation Ride
5th Annual Preservation Ride
5th Annual Preservation Ride
5th Annual Preservation Ride
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Final Friday: May Edition

Some Final Fridays are just a little better than others. And May's Final Friday falls into that category. Brent Lashley had some amazing acrylic graphics style art along with some mixed media pieces.
After that, we headed east on 12th to the Bunk Gallery. Turns out it has been there awhile but I've somehow just discovered it. I wanted to see what Jaclin Hastings had submitted as I'm a big fan of her art and she has tattooed me twice.

Final Friday May
Final Friday May
Final Friday May
Final Friday May
We got to Bunk gallery just in time for the fire drill!
Final Friday May
Final Friday May
Final Friday May
Final Friday May
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Final Friday May
As we were leaving Rosedale one of those modified golf carts pulled up so we jumped in. It was a blast and we laughed almost the whole way home. But it was also a little terrifying because we were eye level with bus tires as they rumbled past.
Final Friday May
Final Friday May
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