how I cured my cinnamon roll addiction

Clay and 13th, I think this is one of my favorite corners now. Its a short bike ride from my condo, but also because, cinnamon rolls. How can cinnamon rolls make a street corner awesome? Easy when they are Brown Bear Bakery. Mix in bikes, dogs and baby strollers and its a lively spot in the city. I've been wanting to try the coffee cake, it looks amazing, but I could never get past the cinnamon rolls. We decided to get one of each and split them, with that problem solved we dug in.

Brown Bear Bakery
Brown Bear Bakery
Brown Bear Bakery
Brown Bear Bakery
Then a short couple block ride to Washington Park for The City Flea.
City Flea
City Flea
City Flea
City Flea
I've said this before and I'll keep repeating it, don't circle the block again and again looking for parking. Walk, ride a bike or park downtown and ride the streetcar.
City Flea
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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Cincinnati Street Food Festival

Street food, food trucks, interactive art, and live music at the 6th annual Cincinnati Street Food Festival.

Street Food Festival
The sight of this children's bike at the bike valet made me smile and filled me with joy.
Street Food Festival
Street Food Festival
Street Food Festival
Street Food Festival
The 1/4lb dog from Quite Frankly hit the spot. They dusted it with salted grilled onions. It never occurred to me to salt a hot dog but man was it good.
Street Food Festival
Street Food Festival
Street Food Festival
This installation from BLDG has held up surprisingly good.
Street Food Festival
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Westside, who knew?

When I first moved to Cincinnati I was basically blogging about downtown, just to prove to people it was possible to live there and thrive. Then people started placemaking in OTR and I started including it also. Then things started happening in Walnut Hills and Covington and I began including them too.
At any rate, I was invited out to Westwood's Second Saturday event and wasn't expecting much. For one thing, its already an established neighborhood, for another, it has that stodgy, conservative reputation. All I can say is I was happily surprised by what we found, a block of cool little shops anchored by a coffee shop at one end and a brand new brewery at the other. I'm a little salty they've been keeping this to themselves all this time.
All I can say is if you're still operating on stereotypes like I was, give Westwood another look.

Westwood 2nd saturday
Westwood 2nd saturday
Westwood 2nd saturday
Westwood 2nd saturday
Westwood 2nd saturday
Westwood 2nd saturday
I super excited that Julie aka forlulagirl was there. Julia knits amazing little whimsical critters and drops yarn bombs all over the city sharing beauty and joy. I met Julia last summer at a City Flea as she stood next to a yarn bombed bike. As soon as I saw this yarn bombed kids bike I knew I had found her again. One of her coolest ideas is a premade yarn bomb for people who can't knit, she gifted us a Bengals themed sample which we're planning on installing between our place and PBS.
Westwood 2nd saturday
Westwood 2nd saturday
Where all these events begin and end.
Westwood 2nd saturday
Westwood 2nd saturday
Westwood 2nd saturday
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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who is making Cincinnati great?

Do you like the direction Cincinnati's vacuous, tone-deaf, and relentlessly ill-equipped one man disaster "Accidental Tourist" promise-breaker of a mayor is taking the city? He cares more about lining his pockets with developer money than he cares about Cincinnati's families and children. Only in Republican logic does kicking families out of their historic Avondale homes equate to being for them.
The mayor looted the money slated to redevelop 4th and Race and gave it to his developer buddies for 8th & Sycamore leaving us this empty block.

4th and Race
The mayor stacked the historic board so his neighbor could tear down the historic Dennison Hotel, located in a historic district.
Dennison
Erasing history
The mayor is letting campaign donors destroy historic houses in Avondale and toss families into the street.
hospital victims
hospital victims
hospital victims
The mayor must go, your neighborhood may be next!
A VOTE for Yvette is vote for the people of Cincinnati!
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an ice cream pilgrimage

Zip Dip
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Sid Saturday

Sid
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RIP Martha, Sept. 1 1914

Martha, died 103 years ago today at the Cincinnati zoo. The last of over a billion birds that once roamed America.

The New York Times NATHANIEL RICH wrote about Martha and he said;

"On Sept. 1, 1914, Martha, the last captive passenger pigeon, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. She outlasted George, the penultimate survivor of her species and her only companion, by four years. As news spread of her species’ imminent extinction, Martha became a minor tourist attraction. In her final years, whether depressed or just old, she barely moved. Underwhelmed zoo visitors threw fistfuls of sand at her to elicit a reaction. When she finally died, her body was taken to the Cincinnati Ice Company, frozen in a 300-pound ice cube and shipped by train to the Smithsonian Institution..."

Treehugger says she's stuffed but not on display at the Smithsonian.
From RoadsideAmerica;
Martha spent her last years in the Cincinnati Zoo, in a pagoda aviary that has been restored. It's an official National Historic Landmark... Perched on a rock in front of the hut is a life-size bronze likeness of Martha. Also here is the stuffed carcass of the last Carolina Parakeet, "Incus," who died in this same aviary in 1918, four years after Martha. That makes this place a uniquely bad spot in the history of bird extermination.
Cincinnati Zoo
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Cincinnati Skywalks

Most people seem to have strong feelings about Cincinnati's skywalks. I have a love/hate relationship with them. As an urbanist I hate them, but when the streets reach 90f+ or drop below freezing I love them.
The Cincinnati Skywalk was built in segments starting in 1971 and at its height stretched for 1.3 miles around downtown. No more segments were added after the last one was completed in 1997. The skywalks were first envisioned for downtown economic development and a way to compete with suburban stores. Almost immediately people began to realized the skywalks were a big mistake as streets were emptied of pedestrians and the perception that no one went downtown became widespread. I always think back to when I first moved to Cincinnati and Fountain Square was always empty but crowds of people could be seen using the skywalk from the Fountain Place Bldg to the 5/3rd Building. When Fountain Square was redone and that section of the skywalk came down it seemed like magic when just like that there were hundreds of people on the square at any one time.
The Cincinnati Preservation Collective hosted a walk to view some of the remaining portions of the skywalk, I wasn't able to follow them across all the segments but I documented some of the sights.
The tour began where Cincinnati's 6th St Market once stood. It was torn down and replaced by a parking garage. The plaque on the market bell called it a simple brick building. I'll let you be the judge of that simple brick building.

sixth st market.
Skywalk
Skywalk
Skywalk
To navigate the skywalk system these days requires leaving and reentering the system every other block or so.
Skywalk
Skywalk
Skywalk
Skywalk
Skywalk
Skywalk
Skywalk
Skywalk
Skywalk
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