FC Cincinnati

I've been hearing soccer is the sport of the future since the nineteen hundred and eighties, and I like to joke that it always will be.
That said, I love the energy and excitement that FC Cincinnati has generated. The whole movement has been fascinating, the soccer fans seem just a little more passionate than your average sport fan. Well, maybe not football, but definitely most any other sport.
So this whole FC Cincinnati vs. NY Red Bulls, even a non-fan like me knew this was special and amazing and not to be missed so I made a point to roll down to Fountain Square's watch party. David only beats Goliath in story books so I wasn't expecting FC Cincinnati to actually win this thing but I kept thinking what if.....
It ended pretty much how I figured, you got guys making $25K a year playing against guys making almost a million a year those are long odds. FC Cincinnati had a long string of success in the Open Cup and probably went farther than anyone expected.
FC Cincinnati watch party
FC Cincinnati watch party
FC Cincinnati watch party
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anathema

once upon a time the USA had a black president

all my friends got jobs and health care

the stock market and economy took off and we all prospered

my gay friends could marry their dearest just like anyone else

the special forces killed Bin Laden and Gaddafi

and we all felt safe

how awesome would it be if I could say everyone lived happily ever after

instead we'll repeat the same mistakes over and over again

Anti-trump and BLM
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W 12th St

People used to rush through this block, if they used this street at all. Now people wander down it.
Mill Creek Beekman Hill Ride
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Old Kentucky Makers Market

Alleys are some of the most interesting spaces in a city. They tend to be quieter, more intimate and have a lot of character. What happens when you take an underutilized alley in Bellevue and add music, food, crafts and drinks? You get Old Kentucky Maker's Market and a big party. These place making events encourage people to stop and experience an overlooked space they would normally walk right past.
This Friday 5 - 10pm you can experience it all for yourself. OKMM is a leisurely bike ride from downtown Cincinnati, or a couple minute drive. You really can't go wrong with Eli's BBQ and West Sixth brewing.
700 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY 41073
Old Kentucky Makers Market
Old Kentucky Makers Market
Old Kentucky Makers Market
Old Kentucky Makers Market
Old Kentucky Makers Market
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Sid Saturday

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UNHEARDOF

UNHEARDOF, the street pusher of rare goods has moved. While they used to be about as far on W4th as you could get, they're still on W4th, but just barely. They've moved into a bigger and more impressive space. I'll miss them on our block, the guys were always hanging outside the shop, tossing footballs or just sitting on their heavy stickered bench. But this isn't about me, Phil and the guys are in a bigger space with more elbow room, so good on them. Being a block off Fountain Square should bring in more foot traffic too, I think they were mostly a destination spot before. You should have seen the lines for new shoe releases.
Check them out, 15 W4th downtown.

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A whole wall of shoes!
Unheardof
Unheardof
Unheardof
The cookie designs were pulled straight out of the graffiti!
Unheardof
Unheardof
Unheardof
The infamous UNHEAROF bench, its rare to see it empty.
Unheardof
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biking through Camp Dennison

When riding north from Milford on the Loveland Bike Trail the first structure encountered in Camp Dennison is the Waldschmidt House. I always look at it because it has an old vintage bike in front that has been rusting away for years. When I saw a small hand painted open house sign we slammed on the brakes and swerved over to check it out.
The Waldschmidt House served as an officer barracks and also as a medical center for freshly recruted soliders for the Civil War. This was in 1861 when Camp Dennison was established as military recruiting, training, and medical post for the United States Army. From the very early 1900s until the early 1950s The Waldschmidt House was a dry goods grocery.
Fast forward to today and the owner wants to open a coffee shop, but he complains the zoning board won't give him a variance. The resistance comes from the fact a farm across the street has been trying to convert to residential and the board is worried once they make one change the flood gates will open. When he told me that I said, "HA! my urban planner buddies call that form-based code, let the building be what it wants to be." He made a little face because I don't think he wanted to side with someone from the city but what choice did he have. He just wanted the building to go back to what it was sixty years ago. The place is definitely an interesting time capsule, hopefully he gets to open his coffee shop, its halfway between Milford and Loveland, we'd stop every single time.

Camp Dennison
Camp Dennison
Camp Dennison
He found a bayonet and a musket ball while digging in the yard.
Camp Dennison
The owner moved a counter and found 13 cents. They were dated from 1891 through 1940s, except for one from 1981 that I joked a time traveler must have dropped. He thought it was interesting the store was open for almost 50 years and they only misplaced 13 cents.
Camp Dennison
Camp Dennison
Camp Dennison
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Final Friday July edition.

Sometimes I wonder if OTR's Final Friday has outlived its purpose. Back in the day Final Friday was the only night of the month you would see people on the street. These days OTR will host more people on a random Monday evening then Final Friday would draw back in the day. If it does hold any significance, it is a good placeholder for new businesses to hold a grand opening. This past Final Friday was one of those nights with both The Rhined and GalleryOTR opening officially. In addition to domestic cheese and meats from Indy's Goose the Market The Rhined carries a small wine and draft beer selection. A small plate and a drink were an excellent way to begin the evening.

Rhined
Rhined
Rhined
Rhined
Rhined
Rhined
Rhined
GalleryOTR is a new space ar 1121 Walnut and is a showcase for photographer Mark Byron. Photography runs in his family as photos from his father and grandfather were also on display. If you have need of a photographer for a wedding or any other special event look him up.
Gallery OTR
Gallery OTR
Gallery OTR
Gallery OTR
Last up was Spring in Our Steps alley party. SiOS is on a mission to activate and bring to peoples attention these overlooked and neglected spaces. Coral & Drum Alleys were activated with lawn bowling and movie shorts. Half the fun I think is watching people wander in, full of awe, wondering what is going on. And the movie shorts were interesting and sometimes inspirational.
SiOS Dead End Film Fest
SiOS Dead End Film Fest
SiOS Dead End Film Fest
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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Community Bike Ride: #LovTheCov

The city is the new outdoors, and if you need proof all you have to do is check out all the outdoor activities happening. Group exercises classes in every park, urban hiking groups and cycling. You can't turn around anymore without spotting a big group of cyclists enjoying the city. While most events are weekly, there is a monthly bike ride that wheels off in Covington. Co-hosted by mobile exercise app Physi and Ride the Cov, whose mission is to make Covington more bike friendly.
The LovTheCov ride is a good beginner ride for anyone looking to gain confidence riding in the street. I think some of use who do the vast majority of commuting and running errands by bike may not realize how big a barrier riding with traffic might be for some people. At any rate, group rides are a good starting point for anyone looking to be more active.
Marty going over the route and rules of the road.

Community Bike Ride: #LovTheCov July Edition
Community Bike Ride: #LovTheCov July Edition
Community Bike Ride: #LovTheCov July Edition
Community Bike Ride: #LovTheCov July Edition
Community Bike Ride: #LovTheCov July Edition
Some people got the life!
Community Bike Ride: #LovTheCov July Edition
Community Bike Ride: #LovTheCov July Edition
Community Bike Ride: #LovTheCov July Edition
I wish every bike ride ended with ice cream!
Community Bike Ride: #LovTheCov July Edition
Community Bike Ride: #LovTheCov July Edition
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