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This site is full of up to date information about development in Over the Rhine, the Cincinnati Streetcar Proposal, and over the rhine history. This site also contains links to information about the history of cincinnati, streetcars, and its subway.



Updated: 2016-06-29T14:48:45.502-04:00

 



CAF-USA Identified as the Manufacturer for the Cincinnati Streetcars

2012-04-10T21:10:53.771-04:00

Tonight, during his State of the City Address, Mayor Mallory announced that CAF-USA would be the official manufacturer for the streetcars we will be purchasing for use on our new system. CAF is a Spanish company with streetcars and light rail vehicles in operation all over the world. Here is a short video showing what our cars will likely look like! Cincinnati has a lot to be excited about with this project! Enjoy:)

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Changes Coming

2012-04-04T21:53:03.008-04:00

If anyone is still finding this blog in searches for information about Over the Rhine, you've probably noticed that I haven't been updating regularly for quite some time. I'm planning on changing this shortly. I would like to again start documenting all the exciting new stuff happening around the neighborhood on a regular basis.

Stay tuned for posts with pictures!



Cool Pictures of Miami-Erie Canal

2011-11-29T08:16:55.194-05:00

This is the canal that is responsible for giving Over the Rhine its name. This is a surprisingly cool set of photos to look at from the Enquirer's site. Check them out!

Click Here



Ken Burn's Prohibition

2011-11-29T08:15:42.868-05:00

I'm sure no one is reading this blog anymore since I've basically stopped posting anything new for months on end. However, if there are ANY stragglers still hanging on by the thinnest of threads...Here's a relevant post!

Check out Ken Burn's Prohbition on pbs.org. If you're at all like me and you spend a significant amount of time day-dreaming about the way things used to be, especially in Over the Rhine, this movie really lets your imagination run wild!

There are even a few specific shout outs to Cincinnati! However, what's most fascinating to me is the amazing descriptions of life in the late 1800s. It really gives you a renewed appreciation for the stock of buildings we have still standing here in OTR and all the history we have just dripping from our streets.



Waffles are AWESOME!

2011-04-05T23:03:04.564-04:00

This is very exciting news for OTR and especially for myself since I live right around the corner from where this will be! Thank you to Taste of Belgium for believing in this neighborhood and taking the plunge to open a new cafe/restaurant here. Its places like this that will go a long way to helping the city and OTR prosper.
Taste of Belgium to OTR



What can the Cincinnati Streetcar do for your city?

2011-04-05T10:30:13.339-04:00

Great new streetcar video on Soapbox Media today! Check it out:

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Portland Streetcar from Soapboxmedia.com on Vimeo.




Invest in Downtown

2011-04-01T10:31:46.618-04:00

USA Today agrees, its worthwhile for cities to invest in their urban cores because young people are flocking to cities with strong downtowns. READ HERE

"Every metro area has good suburbs, but if you don't have a strong downtown and close-in neighborhoods, then you're not offering a choice that many of them are seeking. Offering that choice is a real competitive advantage for cities."

Our streetcar plan will strengthen OTR and Downtown and help create the competitive advantage people are talking about.



Shameful, Outrageous Politics in Ohio Today

2011-03-23T13:31:09.193-04:00

For a more detailed explanation read here: PRESS RELEASE

At a staff meeting for the Ohio TRAC (Transportation Review Advisory Council) today, staff members recommended that funding for the Cincinnati Streetcar Project be withheld due to "fiscal balance" issues.

The decision was made to withhold these funds despite the fact that the Cincinnati Streetcar Project was rated as the highest ranking project in all of Ohio as reviewed by TRAC just months ago. This is the same Streetcar project that TRAC unanimously voted to support 8-0 just last year. Under obvious dictator like tactics by Gov. Kasich, the money will not be used to reduce the state deficit, but will instead be reallocated to much lower ranking road, highway, or bridge projects around the state.

Just yesterday, according to a press release from All Aboard Ohio's Ken Prendergast, a proposed amendment to ODOT’s biennial budget request would change the laws in Ohio to prevent any state or federal funds from being given to the Cincinnati Streetcar project. "The Ohio Senate Transportation Committee is expected to approve today an omnibus amendment which includes provision SC-0257-1. A summary of that provision says it “prohibits state or federal funds appropriated by the state from being used for the Cincinnati streetcar project.”

All this happening to a project expected to return huge dividends in economic development to a city struggling to make ends meet year after year. Investments like these are what help cities climb out of holes, yet our Gov. is taking away funding and channeling it instead to road and highway projects that have absolutely no value in giving this city or the entire state what it really needs.

This is an absolute abomination happening in our state right now and I fully believe that Ohio and Cincinnati citizens deserve better than this. Regardless of where you stand on the Streetcar Project, this sort of abuse of power and political wrangling should not be allowed to go unchecked!

Please write the people below today and express your anger towards their shameful behavior.

ODOT Director Jerry Wray:
Jerry Wray, Director
Ohio Department of Transportation
1980 West Broad Street
Columbus Ohio, 43223
Phone: (614) 466-2336

Gov. John Kasich: (614) 466-3555 or http://governor.ohio.gov/ShareYourIdeas.aspx
Governor John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, Oh 43215-6117

TRAC: TRAC@dot.state.oh.us



Millionare's Row

2011-03-20T14:58:04.052-04:00

Front view of the John Hauck mansion on Millionaire's Row in the West EndFirst, I must take a minute to apologize for my last post in which I threatened to leave Cincinnati if the streetcar project doesn't happen. This is not going to happen. I suppose I sometimes let emotions get the best of me when it comes to standing up for downtown and OTR:)Moving on...The Enquirer ran a story today about Dayton St. in the West End in reference to Mallory's recent appearance on Undercover Boss. In the article, they felt it necessary to explain to Cincinnati viewers what the term "Millionaire's Row" was referring to. I suppose in some sense they did an okay job explaining its historical importance, but it seems to me they went a little too far in making sure to let everyone know that the neighborhood is no longer full of millionaire's, but instead mostly low-income families. I got the feeling that they wanted to keep people thinking negatively about that part of town. They went out of their way to explain how many of the mansions are boarded up and even went so far as to call it Skid Row instead of Millionaire's Row. I just don't get the Enquirer. I mean, how can anyone hate Downtown and OTR that much that they take every opportunity possible to put a negative spin on things? The West End neighborhood of Cincinnati, before getting sliced up by I-75, was a magnificent place. It was huge and contained just as many, if not more beautiful 19th century buildings than OTR does today. I always like to remind people, that if they consider themselves native Cincinnatians they likely had great grandparents or great great grandparents who helped build these neighborhoods and likely lived out their entire lives there. Why would you want to constantly crap on your own family history? Anyway, I just wanted to express my frustration with the Enquirer for again screwing up a perfectly good opportunity to help Dayton St. out a little by publishing an nice article detailing all the interesting historical and architectural facts about Millionaire's row. Why not take the opportunity to educate your readers about all the different brewery owners that once lived there? Or how about point out that the Hatch House (referred to in the article as simply "in need of a lot of work") is believed to be one of the only remaining structures in the area built by the famous architect Isaiah Rogers. Instead, we are left with nothing but negative commentary that I see as totally unnecessary. I suppose I don't mind it all that much though because what they are essentially doing is preventing rich suburbanites from wanting to come down here and buy up all these old mansions. For my wife and I that's a good thing because we would love to eventually buy one of these amazing properties and fix it up and live there. So, at least they're helping to keep property values down?Below: A few examples of the type of magnificient architectural treasures still intact throughout most of the West End and especially prominent along Millionaire's Row.An example of a Carriage House in the rear of the Hauck Mansion. Many of the buildings along Millionaire's Row still have these beautiful structures intact as part of the property.[...]



Sorry Cincinnati, You Lose

2011-03-08T21:26:39.423-05:00

Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it appears we won't be getting a streetcar after all. You can all thank Gov. Kasich for this. He's decided he doesn't support giving Cincnnati the grant money we were recommended for earlier in 2010. Without his support those funds won't find their way to Cincinnati. Without those funds our city will never be able to afford a project like this. It is very sad to see that YEARS of hard work will be going down the drain because of misinformed, close-minded, conservative, out dated values. We can all look back in history and thank Gov Kasich and the current GOP controlled Congress for keeping Ohio and Cincinnati in the same old condition it's been in for the last 60+ years. It looks like my wife and I just found an excuse to move to NYC after all.



OTR Immigrants...

2011-02-22T16:46:59.402-05:00

Soapbox Cincinnati sent out a great article today featuring news about how attractive OTR is now to young people moving here from other cities. It just goes to show what we've believed true for so long. OTR is the type of neighborhood people are looking for now and will continue to become more and more popular as it fills up with more life. If you think this is good news now, just wait to see how many people start flocking here once the streetcar is rolling around!



Repopluating OTR will reduce crime

2011-01-31T07:14:48.382-05:00

I have always been a believer that repopulating Over the Rhine is the most important thing we can do to fix the neighborhood's crime problem. Putting more eyes on the street increases the chances that when a crime is committed someone will see it and be able to help police find the person who did it. One of the most frustrating things about crime in OTR is the fact that the police often have little to no help when faced with finding the person responsible for a crime. So, many people get away with doing bad things simply because there were no witnesses or the witnesses who they do have refuse to talk. This is precisely why we need more people who actually care about the city and keeping it safe living here and spending their time here.

Now I have proof of this concept after a weekend incident reported in the Enquirer. Police Chief Tom Streicher happened to be shopping at Findlay Market this weekend when he heard gunshots going off on a nearby street. He was off duty in regular street clothes and was shopping at the market. He was able to see some men running off to a car and followed them closely in his own private vehicle while calling police to pursue. They ended up catching and arresting the two morons who were responsible for this and both had criminal records and outstanding warrants for their arrests! Ha!

This is a perfect example of how more caring eyes on the streets will help change this neighborhood for the better. The two want-to-be gangsters who got busted this weekend did what they did because they figured there would be no one around to see them do it who would actually cared enough to help the police. It just so happens the person who saw them was an off duty police chief, but it could have easily been anyone shopping at Findlay Market that day.

If we want to see Over the Rhine succeed we need to look out for it ourselves. This means always having a watchful eye over things and being ready to help police when the time comes. Its no different than people in the suburbs keeping an eye on suspicious vehicles parked on their street or something like that. We need to protect our own neighborhood streets and sidewalks so that morons with guns don't get to just walk free any more.

The old philosophy of simply running to the suburbs and hoping the police can solve the crime is flawed. Many Cincinnatians still believe that the solution is to just stay away from Over the Rhine. This upsets me because I know that doing so only makes the problem worse. I've said for a long time that we could pour all the money in the world in to Cincinnati's police force and they would never be able to rid the neighborhood of crime. They need help in the form of watchful eyes on the streets and in windows at all times.

We need to continue to focus on attracting new residents and businesses to the neighborhood so morons with guns can't get away with acting stupid in OTR anymore.



New Years Eve: Christian Moerlein at Arnold's

2010-12-29T17:43:12.090-05:00

As previously announced, Christian Moerlein has returned to Over the Rhine and will soon begin brewing its beer in the neighborhood again for the first time since the start of Prohibition. Right now Christian Moerlein's beers are contract brewed at breweries in other cities. This is certainly an exciting moment for Over the Rhine and hopefully a sign of good things to come for Cincinnati's brewing culture. At one time Cincinnati was home to 18 different breweries and had one of the largest per capita beer consumption rates in the country! With so many exciting new things coming to downtown in the next few years (including the streetcar, casino, and banks projects), the addition of a few new breweries would certainly make things that much better.
To start the new year off right, Christian Moerlein will be tapping their inagural Over the Rhine brew at Arnold's on 8th street. At the stroke of midnight Arnold's guests will have the privelage of sampling the first batch of Christian Moerlein beer brewed in OTR in nearly 100 years! Their inagural brew, Arnold's 1861 Porter, is dedicated to Arnold's 150th Anniversary that starts in 2011.

Arnold's Bar and Grill
210 E. 8th St.
513-421-6234

Christian Moerlein's New OTR Brewery



Oktoberfest Weekend, OTR and BEER!

2010-09-13T12:58:45.176-04:00

The Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (OTR Brewery District Group) in conjunction with he Christian Moerlein Brewing Company are proud to announce events Oktoberfest weekend. The celebration will mark a new era in the future of Cincinnati beer.The future site of the Christian Moerlein Brewery located at 1621 Moore St. – (formerly known as the Husman Potato Chip Factory and Kauffman Brewery) will be open to the public, commemorating plans for the company’s new endeavors: guests will be greeted with story-boards of the packaging and brewing facility and the Moerlein Lager House architectural plans. Two sets of tours will be held: the “”Prohibition Resistance Tour” where beer lovers and history buffs can roam the historic lagering cellars and newly discovered tunnels (beneath Hamer St) that once connected the brew house and lagering cellars of the Kauffman Brewery. A new tour from author Mike Morgan, in conjunction with his new book – fittingly sharing the same title, “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King,” which will be released on Oktoberfest weekend. The tour will feature a guest appearance from CEO Greg Hardman of Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, who contributed the forward to the book.The “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King” tour consists of two planned trips will lead participants on a walking journey that chronicles the melting pot of subjects that explore how beer and politics meshed the cultural make-up of the Queen City. The tour will travel the length of Vine Street, talking about early neighborhood history and politics. Participants will travel through the Crown Brewery, Kauffman Brewery, and end at the future home of the Christian Moerlein Brewery. Purchase tickets here: Downtown Oktoberfest celebrants can take free shuttles from Arnold’s Bar (210 E. 8th St.) to and from the brewery. At the brewery, attendees can find a larger-than-life collections of special commemorative steins and historic brewery memorabilia, which will be available for purchase – guests can also preview a trailer for the “Cincinnati Beer Story” documentary. Food will be available from Café de Wheels who will be serving ‘Brats & Burgers’ at the beer garden.While enjoying Cincinnati beer history, participants can enjoy: Moerlein Fifth and Vine Oktoberfest Marzen, Moerlein Lager House Helles, Moerlein Over-the-Rhine Pale Ale, Little Kings ‘Slim King Can’, Hudy Delight, Hudy 14-K, Burger & Burger Light, and the premiere of the new 125th Anniversary Hudepohl Amber Lager.Brewery Open House Hours & Tours· Saturday September 18th 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.· Sunday September 19th 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.The ShuttleThe shuttle will run from 9A-6P on Saturday and 11A-6P on Sunday, and is FREE. The downtown shuttle stop will be Arnold's Bar and Grill, located at 210 East Eighth Street.The “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King” ToursNEW tours during Oktoberfest: Mike Morgan, author “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King,” will lead participants on a walking tour that chronicles places and events in his new book. Tours will start at the new location of the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. There will be two “Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King Walking Tours” guided by the author: Saturday September 18th at 3:00 P.M. Sunday September 19th at 3:00 P.M. Tours will last approximately 2 and half hours, and will start and end at the new Christian Moerlein Brewery (located at 1621 Moore Street ).Tours are available with a specially priced copy of the new book, and all tickets include a beer ticket good for use at the brewery all weekend. Purchase additional copies of the book Coverage Suggestions:1. Guided tour [...]



Saving Over the Rhine, One Building at a Time

2010-05-24T12:54:12.246-04:00

Great article in the enquirer today about Cincinnati's own Danny Klingler.
Check it out for yourself

Old buildings, new owners



Christian Moerlein Lager House Riverfront Park

2010-05-20T22:32:15.571-04:00

Check out this new post on Soapbox Cincinnati with details and pictures of the new, proposed Moerlein Beer Garden as part of the Banks and Riverfront park developments. Be sure to check out the link to the video that has actual artist renderings of the completed project! I'm getting excited about going there already!

Click Here



SORTA VOTES TO OPERATE STREETCAR

2010-05-18T20:22:01.717-04:00

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority board of trustees today voted to authorize the transit authority to serve as a partner in developing an operating plan for the streetcar system and ultimately to serve as the operator of the Cincinnati streetcar if an agreement can be reached. SORTA operates Metro transit and Access paratransit services in Greater Cincinnati.

The decision is subject to the City of Cincinnati and SORTA entering into a mutually agreed upon operating plan and working together on a comprehensive community engagement program. The SORTA board will vote again after the completion of these processes to make a final decision on the operation of the streetcar. The City will also review these before finalizing a decision on the operator.

There are several advantages to the City/SORTA streetcar partnership:
· As the designated recipient of federal transit funding for the Greater Cincinnati area, SORTA can assist in leveraging federal grant dollars for the project and can serve as the conduit for those funds.
· The streetcar operating plan can be closely coordinated with Metro bus service to maximize efficiency and reduce costs.
· Metro’s proposed university transit center can be developed to serve as a connection point for the streetcar, Metro service, and the many shuttles in the uptown area.

“The streetcar is a city economic development tool of regional importance, but it’s also a transportation mode that must be integrated with current transit service and operated efficiently and effectively,” said Melody Sawyer Richardson, chair of the



SORTA board. “SORTA will bring extensive transit expertise and understanding to the project, as we work with the city and the community to develop the best possible streetcar operating plan. The City Manager has assured SORTA that his recommendations for funding will not include taking City earnings tax revenue that SORTA receives to operate Metro and Access.”

“With more than two-thirds of the funding for the streetcar system in place, we are in a good position to further develop the operating plan for the streetcar system’s long-term sustainability,” said City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. “We are glad to pull on SORTA’s transportation expertise and resources to make that happen as quickly as possible.”

SORTA operates Metro and Access non-profit, tax-funded public transit services, providing about 19 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati.



More Good News for the Streetcar Today

2010-05-13T17:49:38.681-04:00

As posted here at UrbanCincy, the Cincinnati Streetcar Project is yet another 4 million dollars closer to being a reality. The total allocated thus far is 86.5 million of the 128 needed to finish the first phase. More grant announcements are expected in the upcoming month. Great news for Over the Rhine!



Big Streetcar Vote This Week! Help Needed!

2010-05-10T15:57:39.112-04:00

Update: It appears that Bortz and Berding have decided to vote for the passage of the bonds today as they have been reassured by the mayor and city manager that the city will not proceed with the project unless we receive federal and state funding. It is expected to pass 6-2, and with that we won't even have to worry about the frivilous law suit that Mark Miller and Tom Luken are threatening to send.
Read Here:
Enquirer Update

City Council will be meeting this afternoon to discuss issuing over 60 million dollars in bonds for the streetcar project. This is money the city has planned on using all along for its half of the funding. The other half is expected to come later this year from the federal and state government grant programs the city has applied for. When deciding who gets these funds one of the things the feds look at is the local financial commitment. So far, Cincinnati's has been quite small. That is part of the reason we didn't receive the first round of TIGER grant funds applied for earlier this year. Several of the council members have proposed issuing the bonds only if a contingency is placed on them stating that the city will not use the bonds unless the federal government gives us a certain amount of grant money.

At a meeting with city officials last week, a spokesperson for the federal grant programs warned Cincinnati that placing restrictive contingencies on our portion of the funding would jeopardize our application and chances of receiving funding.
We need 5 votes for the bonds to pass without contingencies. Bortz and Berding need to be convinced not to ask for contingencies on the bonds and to release them unconditionally, otherwise the entire project could be at risk.
Please take the time to email them now and tell them you want to see the project move forward now. Tell them to vote yes for the bonds without any contingencies!

* Jeff Berding = jeff.berding@cincinnati-oh.gov
* Chris Bortz = chris.bortz@cincinnati-oh.gov

Read Below for more info:
Enquirer Article



New Moerlein Beer Release

2010-04-27T21:31:43.207-04:00

Next Thursday May 6th Christian Moerlein will be throwing a release party for their newest creation "Northern Liberties IPA" inspired by Cincinnati's rich immigrant history in the neighborhood north of Liberty St in OTR. The ceremonial keg tapping will occur from 5:30 - 8:30pm at the Rookwood Pottery building 1920 Race St in Over the Rhine. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (this includes food and drinks).
For more info and to purchase tickets go to: www.christianmoerlein.com



Live from City Council Finance Committee Meeting

2010-04-19T16:47:46.651-04:00

1:05pm
Waiting for meeting to start. Lots of supporters here. Some anti-streetcar celebrities such as Tom Luken. Shouldn't be hard to deal with him, we've got John Schneider here.

1:28
Monzel is introducing a motion to suspend all spending on the streetcar. Alot of BS. Just called it a "trolley folly". Ghiz is speaking in support of the motion. More BS

1:32
Bortz is speaking and really sounding good in support of the streetcar. Lots of applause.

1:35
Winburn, showed up late. Said he was against the streetcar, but that he would "listen" to the arguments. Monzel speaking again. More BS. No valid pts at all. Poor Tom Luken was the only one that clapped for
Monzel.

1:40.
Qualls speaking, excellent points about job creation, subsidies for highways... Lots of applause again. Bortz up again.
Cecil Thomas speaking, generally in support of the project. Lots of
positive words about OTRs potential. Wants to see investment in the streetcar now.

1:47
Monzel's motion defeated. On to item 18. Speakers from the crowd are up. Excellent commentary so far.

2:10
Still listening to commentary. Not a single word against it yet, though Tom luken is up next.

2:42
vote coming..quinlavin speaking. All council members giving final speeches

3:25
We may be getting a vote on Bonds today also!

3:30
Issue 18 passed 6:2:abstained (winburn)

3:37
no voting on the
bond issues today



Christian Moerlein Comes Home!!

2010-04-16T10:00:21.664-04:00

For the first time since the start of Prohibition in 1919 residents of Over the Rhine will be able to enjoy the scent of Christian Moerlein beer being brewed in the heart of Cincinnati's original German brewery district! This is very exciting news for the neighborhood and Cincinnati. Read the press release below. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             MOERLEIN, HUDEPOHL, SCHOENLING, BURGER AND LITTLE KINGS ALL COMING HOMECHRISTIAN MOERLEIN BREWING COMPANY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO OPEN BREWING OPERATIONS IN CINCINNATI’S HISTORIC OVER-THE-RHINE BREWERY DISTRICT  FIRST MOERLEIN TO BE BREWED IN OVER-THE-RHINE SINCE START OF PROHIBITION IN 1919_____________________________________________________________________CINCINNATI, OHIO – April 16, 2010 – Christian Moerlein Brewing Company and its wholly owned subsidiary Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co. is announcing plans to expand brewing operations to Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine Brewery District. The site of the new brewing operation will be the former Husman Potato Chip plant located 1621 Moore Street just north of Liberty and east of Vine. “We are proud to be part of the continued renaissance and economic development of Over-the-Rhine,” said Greg Hardman President and CEO of Christian Moerlein Brewing Company. “Our goal is to strategically implement a phased in production over the next two years from both existing production on some of our specialty beers and from the continued rapid growth our brands,” said Greg Hardman. The company has entered into a lease agreement with an option buy for the 125,000 square foot facility that will enable the company to expand their business for many years to come; additionally, the buildings sound infrastructure and historical significance were main considerations in choosing the Over-the-Rhine location. The site was also the malt and lager house of the former Kaufman Brewing Company from 1869 through 1919 (till start of prohibition).   Initial plans call for minor renovations of offices and general clean up of the facility so the company can relocate its corporate offices from its current Middletown location. It is envisioned the company will employ up to 25 at this location in 2011.  The history of Christian Moerlein dates back 157 years to when the brew master Christian Moerlein, an immigrant from Truppach Bavaria, Germany brewed his first beer in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine Brewery District in 1853. Christian Moerlein ceased operations at the start of prohibition and did not resume operations after prohibition ended in 1933. In 1981, Christian Moerlein was brought back to the Cincinnati market by the Hudepohl Brewing Company as one of the first commercially sold American craft beers and the first American beer to certifiably pass the German Purity Law of 1516 known as the Reinheitsgebot. Local ownership of the brand was lost when out of town owners purchased the brand assets of the Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Company in 1999 and later moved production to Maryland. Beer industry veteran and greater Cincinnati resident Greg Hardman purchased Christian Moerlein in 2004 bringing back the local ownership along with an additional commitment to bring back the local brewing heritage. Brewing operations are scheduled to begin in the new Over-the-Rhine location beginning in 2011.          Christian Moerlein Brewing Company would like to thank the Over-the-Rhine Foundation and its Executive Director Mike Morgan for dedicating an amazing amount of[...]



Save the Gamble House

2010-02-23T10:34:48.400-05:00

I wanted to draw everyone's attention to the following post in regards to the recent news that the historic Gamble House in Westwood is now in imminent danger of demolition. Your participation could help save this beautiful building.
Please Click Here to Read



Staying Positive about the Streetcar

2010-02-17T22:36:42.417-05:00

Thanks to John Schneider for these words about today's streetcar news: Dear Cincinnati rail supporter, I thought it would be good to compile an overview of what has transpired with respect to today's award of several TIGER streetcar grants. This is a long compendium that provides some perspective that you may find valuable. Please read it all if you have the time. First, and foremost, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory has issued this statement: Good afternoon – As you may have heard, the Cincinnati Streetcar project was not one of the projects that received federal funding today from the TIGER grant. I want to assure you that this does not hurt the Streetcar project. We have applied for funding from several different state and federal sources. Today’s announcement simply means that we did not receive this particular grant. In fact, out of 61 projects to receive funding today, only four streetcar projects were selected. The federal government announced $1.5 billion in grants today. That is from over $56 billion in applications. Our project is simply one of many good projects that will be competing for the other funding that is still available. And, let me be clear, we are confident that our Streetcar project is one of the best projects in the country. One of the pots of money still available is the Urban Circulator grant program, which is intended for streetcar-type projects. The reality is that after today’s announcement, there are four fewer projects competing with us for that funding. There is going to be a lot written and said about today’s announcement and what it means for the future of the Streetcar project. I want you reassure you that despite the chatter, the Streetcar project is still on target and is going to lead to new businesses and job creation in Cincinnati. I want to thank you for your support. Together we are going to continue to move our City forward with a bold vision for the future. Mayor Mark Mallory www.mayormallory.com and Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney provides more detail here: I wanted you to hear from me on the news of the City’s TIGER Grant application from the US Department of Transportation for the Cincinnati Streetcar project. As you may know, we did not receive funding in this round. Let me be clear: Today’s announcement does not hurt the viability of our Streetcar project. The Mayor and I have experience in these types of federal processes, and that is why we did not put all of our eggs in one funding basket. Our resolve has not changed.We have two other applications for the streetcar: · Urban Circulator (Federal) - $25 million - This Grant Program is specifically for Streetcar type projects. The four streetcar projects that did receive money today are now not eligible for these funds. We believe this improves our positioning. · TRAC Grant - Ohio (Transportation Review and Advisory Committee) - $50 million.In fact, the Mayor and I have been invited to a Streetcar Summit in Washington DC next week to present our streetcar project at the Summit. We will meet with Members of Congress and key White House and Administrative staff about it.Cincinnati has received positive feedback over the past year from Members of Congress and White House staff about our project and its benefits for our city.We continue to believe that the Streetcar [...]



Florist to Open in Over the Rhine

2010-02-13T18:07:50.658-05:00

See Here for an Explanation: Click Here