Over the Rhine

The longest-running theatre company in Over the Rhine, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, has just completed an expansion and renovation to add comfort and amenities to their space on Vine Street. 

On the corner of 13th and Main in Cincinnati's Over the Rhine neighborhood sits a unique combination of art supply/thrift store, non-profit organization, gallery space, art program provider to multiple social service agencies, local artists, area residents and more. 

BLINK, coming to Cincinnati in October, is a community light festival that will happen throughout downtown, Over the Rhine and Findlay Market. 

Preparations for this year's Cincinnati Fringe Festival are well underway and patrons will discover an extra day of shows, a 60-minute max for each production, and a couple new venues. 

Rachel Moore is the creator of the newest art gallery on Main Street in Over the Rhine. 

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Over-the-Rhine has experienced a remarkable transformation during the last decade. It will soon get a new entertainment district that could double the amount of bars and restaurants in the area. The real estate market is one of the most sought after in the city, and the number of affordable housing units have decreased.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is set to celebrate 30 years of exceptional theater in Over the Rhine.

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A new study of housing inventory in Over-the-Rhine finds the Cincinnati neighborhood has become more economically diverse since 2002, but has lost 73 percent of units available to people in lower income brackets.

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The Over-the-Rhine Museum, which is currently in its planning and development stage, is modeled on the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. The founder of the Tenement Museum, Ruth J. Abram, is in Cincinnati to give a presentation at a sold-out event tonight at the Mercantile Library.

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The full Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday on a plan to establish a residential parking permit program in parts of Over-the-Rhine.  The Neighborhoods Committee approved the proposal Monday.  

Mayor John Cranley vetoed a similar plan last year.  But now it supposedly has the support of six council members, which is enough to override a veto.  

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An outdoor public history exhibition, Look Here!, now on display in Over the Rhine uses dozens of historic photographs to tell the neighborhood’'s story. The photographs, which are mounted at sites throughout OTR, depict scenes dating from the late nineteenth century through the 1940's. The project was funded by a People'’s Liberty grant.

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A plan to bring residential parking permits to Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood appears to have new life.

Vice Mayor David Mann said Tuesday he is reintroducing the proposal and now has the support of Council Member Charlie Winburn.  That means there are six council members willing to vote for it, which makes it veto-proof.

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Rothenberg Preparatory Academy is located in a section of Over the Rhine just north of Liberty Street and east of Vine Street. According to 2013 census data, of the 387 children who live in that area, about 98 percent live in poverty. Continuing the 9 On Your Side/WCPO series exploring poverty in our region, WCPO reporter Lucy May looked at the Rothenberg community and the staff, volunteers and residents who work together to break-down the barriers poverty creates and provide the neighborhood'’s children with opportunities they may otherwise never have.

It’s time again for 100’s of local, regional and national bands to perform in and around Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine during the MidPoint Music Festival. With headliners this year like Heartless Bastards, Purity Ring, Iron & Wine and others, Dan Bockrath, the executive director, fills in all the details for this year’s festival in a talk with Frank Johnson.

Ensemble Theater Cincinnati is celebrating its 30th season with a mix of classics, new plays, and a musical, tales from a fighter pilot turned drone operator to the magical world of Cinderella.

The Miami University Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine establishes collaborations between the University and community groups in the neighborhood, providing opportunities for student, faculty, and community learning, in an environment that fosters and supports social justice and community transformation.

Cincy Summer Streets, a celebration of our largest public space - our streets - is back for its second year, bigger and better. This time around, Cincy Summer Streets will take place on two different dates, in two different parts of town, Northside and Over the Rhine, where streets will be closed-off to traffic to create a car-free space for everyone to play, run, walk, bike, skate, dance, create art, and connect with their neighbors.

Over-the-Rhine has transformed into one of Cincinnati'’s most vibrant neighborhoods, for both residents and tourists to the city. Now you can stroll through OTR and learn more about its German heritage and architecture, with the Over-the-Rhine Tour Guide: Cincinnati's Historic German District, Over-the-Rhine, and Environs.

A retail store that changes out inventory based on seasonal themes is coming to Main Street in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood.

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A Cincinnati Council committee will have two proposals to consider for bringing residential parking permits to portions of Over-the-Rhine.  

City administrators had a plan ready to be implemented.  But Council rejected it last month and the rules say it cannot come back without being changed.  

Mayor John Cranley has an OTR parking proposal without a specific fee for the permits.

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Crews this week are putting up the overhead wires in Over-the-Rhine that will power the Cincinnati streetcar.  Crews worked Wednesday along Elm Street, between 14th and Henry. 

Santa swimming with sharks or rappelling down a skyscraper, live Nativity scenes, an authentic German Christmas market, a Victorian Christmas, all manner, types and styles of trains, lights and music -  there'’s even a Reindog parade. Greater Cincinnati knows how to enjoy the holidays. Tricia Suit, director of marketing for Downtown Cincinnati Inc.; Rebecca Calkin, manager of digital communication for ArtsWave; and Mike Deininger, co-owner of MiCA 12/v and president of the Central Vine Street Business Association, give us a sample of the many events around town that celebrate the season. For more information on holiday happenings, check out the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. and Artswave's Choose Your Own Holiday Arts Adventure sites.

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Cincinnati Police are pointing to CIRV, the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence, as making a dent in Over the Rhine crime.

Shootings are down 74-percent and robberies 12-percent. Assistant Chief Jim Whalen says police are in the process of arresting 83 people, mostly drug dealers, who operate to the west of the trendy bar and restaurant area. They started identifying the suspects about four months ago.

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 On any weekend night, the bars and restaurants in Over-the-Rhine are busy.  But the president of the OTR Chamber of Commerce, Emilie Johnson, would like to see the crowds visiting during the day, especially during the upcoming holiday season.

Johnson says most people are familiar with the nightlife along Vine Street, “but what helps to balance and round that all out, is to have additional things."  Johnson says that's retail, and service businesses.  She says a mix of those and the entertainment businesses are what make a neighborhood strong. 

If you've been  to Over the Rhine lately, you know people are flocking  there on the weekends and increasingly during the week. New restaurants, new shops, and new apartments and condos are helping transform the urban core.

The subject came up during the 2015 Regional Economic Outlook at Eggs 'N Issues Tuesday at the METS Center. That's where members of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber heard:

Local photographer Jymi Bolden’s work is part of a current exhibit, OTR: Main Street – Under the Radar, on display at the Art Beyond Boundaries gallery on Main Street. He’s in the studio with Jane Durrell to talk about the exhibition and growth and success of the gallery.

Daniel Wright - Senate: Street & Savory

Oct 10, 2014

  Dan Wright, owner of OTR's Senate, offers a peek behind the scenes of his restaurant and his life with his book Senate: Street & Savory.  Favorite recipes, including his popular gourmet hot dogs, are featured along with cooking techniques and tips.

  The 13th annual MidPoint Music Festival kicks off this Thursday, offering festival goers three days of music, fun, food and drink, in various venues throughout Over the Rhine and downtown. While headliners at this year’'s MidPoint are The Afghan Whigs, Chromeo and OK Go, the festival continues to embrace emerging artists, the bands people will be talking about next year.

 

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