The Grand Baldwin Building

Soapbox Media hosted an event to wrap the Walnut Hills On The Ground embedded journalism series at the iconic Grand Baldwin Building.
The Baldwin is located at 655 Eden Park Dr. at the southern gateway to Walnut Hills and main entrance to Eden Park. Through adaptive reuse of the Grand Baldwin Building built in 1921, development partners Neyer Properties and CASTO are adding over 190 urban loft apartments to housing in Walnut Hills. The apartments are expected to be open to residents by mid June.
As they are still in progress I didn't take too many pictures of the apartments themselves. But really the views out will be the focal point anyhow. The preview started out with various speakers but the highlight for me was U.C.'s Associate Director of Research at Economics Center Chris Nicak. Mr Nicak highlighted many of the positive economic milestones Walnut Hills is hitting to outpace the city as a whole in jobs and wages.
Baldwin Apartment tour
Baldwin Apartment tour
Baldwin Apartment tour
Baldwin Apartment tour
Baldwin Apartment tour
Baldwin Apartment tour
Baldwin Apartment tour
Baldwin Apartment tour
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Fort Thomas

I'm always up for a new coffee shop so when Ms 5chw4r7z spotted one in Fort Thomas and asked if I wanted to check it out I was like hell yeah!
Fort Thomas Coffee is a cute little shop and there must be a tight little neighborhood here because everyone seemed to know each other which I always take as a good sign. I was a little amused to find they offered Highlander Grog, amused but also not mad because Grog is a guilty pleasure of mine and I'll grab a cup when I see it around.

Fort Thomas
Fort Thomas
Fort Thomas
Fort Thomas
Fort Thomas
Fort Thomas
While we were there I spotted a picture of what looked like a fort and my mind was blown. I had never thought about Fort Thomas having a fort! So we went exploring.
The US Army established the site in 1887, the water tower was built in 1890. There are a couple cannons captured in Havana during the Spanish-American War. The place was inactivated in 1964 but many of the buildings are still in use. If the government ever decides to do anything with it, it seems like prime real estate.
Fort Thomas
Fort Thomas
Fort Thomas
Fort Thomas
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the apartments AT580

AT580's tagline "live above it all" isn't pure hyperbole. The apartment/office building is located on 6th between Walnut and Main and sandwiched between the north and south run of the streetcar. AT580 isn't for the budget conscious but what you are paying for are incredible views of the city. While I would have loved to see the day time views we didn't make in until after the sun had set. Even so the views off the balconies and out the windows were impressive.
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Sid saturday

sid
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a junkyard for buildings

I tripped across this place by happenstance. U.C. is at least hanging on to interesting architectural features from buildings that have been demolished. Now we just need to see some interesting reuse of these pieces.
graveyard for buildings
graveyard for buildings
graveyard for buildings
graveyard for buildings
graveyard for buildings
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Historic Districts in Cincinnati are a "den of iniquity"

And associated with criminal activity and nefarious conduct.
At least that is what the Joseph Auto Group and their spokesdicks would have people believe. People who will never ever come downtown.
Why do people live and visit downtown Cincinnati? It isn't for its beautiful and ample parking. No, people visit Cincinnati for it's history, a history that people like the Joseph Auto Group and their spokesdicks are slowly destroying.
The only consolation I can take from this letter is that Barrett & Weber hopefully charged the Joseph Auto Group $4-500 an hour to write it and send it to me.
Barrett & Weber
Barrett & Weber
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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the graves of old garages

Pogues Garage is gone and I've been enjoying views that haven't been since since the ugly thing was built in the first place.
They better not screw the new development up, we'll be looking at it for the next 60+ years.

Pogue's garage
Pogue's garage
Pogue's garage
Pogue's garage
Pogue's garage
Pogue's garage
This view of 4th St is so beautiful its kind of a shame that it will disapear again later this summer.
Pogues Grave
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Bockfest Parade

While some people feel that Bockfest is just another made up Hallmark Holiday, beer drinking is dead serious in Cincinnati.
Most groups participating in the parade are festive and celebrate a quickly approaching spring. The Krewe of Grimm however in a reaction to the current president were in full on preparation for the end of the world with their aBockAlypse entry.
They also took home the trophy for Best Themed Float.
Enjoy!

ABockAlypse
Krewe of Grimm
ABockAlypse
I wish you could have heard how mental "Ride of the Valkyries" sounded on those giant speakers. Adrienne perched on the hood sold the whole concept.
Krewe or Grimm
Krewe of Grimm
ABockAlypse
ABockAlypse
ABockAlypse
ABockAlypse
ABockAlypse
ABockAlypse
ABockAlypse
ABockAlypse
ABockAlypse
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