Over the Rhine

Cory Sharber / WVXU

Community leaders gathered at the corner of Liberty and Elm in Over-the-Rhine on Tuesday to voice their displeasure on a development project that's up for a vote in Cincinnati City Council on Wednesday.

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The full Cincinnati City Council Wednesday approved a special improvement district (SID) for the southern portion of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

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Cincinnati City Council is expected to formerly approve a special improvement district (SID) for the southern portion of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood at its meeting Wednesday afternoon.


It's the end of an era on WVXU-FM. Around Cincinnati, the 7 p.m. Sunday arts and culture show, airs its final broadcast after 15 years this Sunday.

It's provided an important voice to local theaters, authors, musicians, actors and other performers, especially after the Enquirer's arts and entertainment staff was mostly disbanded in 2014, and Northern Kentucky University sold off folk-rock WNKU-FM in 2017.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

A violent weekend in Cincinnati has inspired new calls for a ceasefire. Twenty people were shot, five of them killed in different neighborhoods between Friday and Sunday in what police say were unrelated incidents. People gathered at one of the scenes Tuesday evening to discuss ways to prevent more bloodshed.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Businesses in Over-the-Rhine are weathering the economic shutdown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, and now, the anti-racism protests. Alexus Hight, the owner of the upscale children's clothing boutique, Hutch Baby, worked to reopen her doors after she saw people breaking windows on Vine Street. On Elm Street, Black OWned and BlaCk Coffee Lounge owner Means Cameron saw an outpouring of support for his businesses after vandals broke his windows.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Some Over-the-Rhine businesses are open and others remain closed as the coronavirus pandemic and protests over the police killing of George Floyd continue.

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Kristen Swilley / WCPO

A local protest in honor of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man killed by police, dissolved Friday night from a single organized march into smaller pockets of disruption throughout downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

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Al Behrman / AP

Cincinnati City Council has approved an incentive package and development agreement for a $50 million project to bring more affordable housing to Over-the-Rhine.


The city of Cincinnati is closing parts of 25 streets in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown to make room for more outdoor seating at local restaurants. The move comes after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced restaurants can begin opening for outdoor dining on Friday, May 15, and it is meant to allow for greater social distancing of diners.


Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine has undergone a major transformation in the last 20 years. Vacant buildings opened for new business and the neighborhood was booming with restaurants and bars popping up almost on a weekly basis. Then the pandemic hit.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Cincinnati will be closing some streets in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine starting next weekend to allow restaurants to expand their outdoor dining areas.

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Construction crews will begin work Monday to repave and make safety improvements on Liberty Street. The $7.4 million project spans between Reading Road in Pendleton to Dalton Avenue in Queensgate.

Ambriehl Crutchfield / WVXU

It's a perfect sunny spring day to sit on the trunk of your car on Race Street and eat freshly fried fish, but hardly anyone is walking through the doors of Alabama Fish Bar. It's the day before a Friday during Lent, a time that some people don't eat meat. Restaurant management is considering closing its doors a few hours early.

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Some Over-the-Rhine residents will begin voting later this month on whether to set up a special improvement district (SID) in the neighborhood.

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Al Behrman / AP

The story of downtown Cincinnati's current revival is told alongside similar tales from other cities as told by prominent urban planner Alexander Garvin.

Cincy Fringe Festival 2019: Still Kinda Weird

May 17, 2019

Coming back to venues all through Over the Rhine is the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, kicking off May 31. The festival producer, Chris Wesselman, shares some of the changes, highlights, and what the Fringe experience is all about in a conversation with Jim Stump.

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Courtesty of City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Council has once again endorsed a plan to make Liberty Street safer for pedestrians.  

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Courtesty of City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Council will likely take yet another vote this week on a plan to make Liberty Street safer for pedestrians.  

Bill Rinehart

Cincinnati will begin accepting applications Monday for residential parking permits in Over-the-Rhine.  

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

Nearly two dozen senior citizens who use the Over-the-Rhine Senior Center are asking Cincinnati City Council to support a $50,000 one-time grant to the facility. It would provide operating support to keep it going.

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

The Over-the-Rhine Senior Center will continue to operate at its current location on Race Street for the time being.

What's Coming To The Know Theatre Stage This Season

Oct 12, 2018

Another season of challenging, original, alternative theatre is underway at OTR's Know Theatre of Cincinnati

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Albert Casare / Cincinnati Enquirer

Alabama Fishbar, a neighborhood anchor at the corner of Race and Liberty streets, will be the site for redevelopment in Over-the-Rhine.

Why You Might See Golf Carts On City Streets

Jun 14, 2018
Bill Rinehart / WVXU

There’s a new way to get around downtown and Over-the-Rhine. Adding to the fleet of Uber drivers, bike shares, pedal wagons and the streetcar, you can now hop on a golf cart. Cincinnati City Council voted in May on an ordinance that set up a three-year pilot program for these low-speed vehicles.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Over-the-Rhine residents are putting drug dealers and prostitutes on notice as they partner with police in a renewed effort to clean-up the area.

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. 

Michael E. Keating / WVXU

People who plan cities for a living have named Over-the-Rhine one of fifteen Great Places in America for 2017. 

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. 

John Kiesewetter

Let it snow in August? Tickets for the 98 Degrees Christmas concert Dec. 15 at the Aronoff Center -- to promote their new "Let It Snow" Christmas album --  go on sale Friday, Aug. 18.