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Old 05-29-2012, 11:23 PM
 
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I believe I saw the entire place recently listed on the mls. It's super cheap but it's definelty something that requires deep pockets and having all your ducks in a row. Hopefully whatever happens is a big positive for the area.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:35 PM
 
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I believe I saw the entire place recently listed on the mls. It's super cheap but it's definelty something that requires deep pockets and having all your ducks in a row. Hopefully whatever happens is a big positive for the area.
Well shoot. I know the owner was holding out for quite a while, but maybe he couldn't wait anymore...
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:06 PM
 
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^^ and they slowly creep north on Vine. ;-)
Stay tuned ... things could really start moving fast on Vine. I would love to see a portion of the neighborhood (maybe a two-block area) evolve into an ethnic district - like a Little Italy or Chinatown.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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I'm all ears.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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Meanwhile, check out the rave review from WLW's Bill Cunningham regarding Vine Street/OTR. He definitely has the ear of a lot of the suburban population in this metro and having him heaping praise on a neighborhood that many people probably have old misconceptions of is a big, big positive. If he's an OTR fan now, things must really be rolling!

Just a portion of what he told his listeners on Monday:

"But the world is gonna figure out that Cincinnati into the 21st century will be the most dominate, the most livable, the most forward looking city in this country because of things like the Banks, South Bank, because of Over-the-Rhine, because of the casino, because of my ballpark the Great American, PBS [Paul Brown Stadium]. This is unbelievable what’s happening in Over-the-Rhine. So I’d encourage you to do it and you will be shocked by what you see."

Bill Cunningham Praises Progress in OTR Over-the-Rhine Blog
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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I love when he said:

"Maybe I should spend less of my time crapping all over the city of Cincinnati and more time experiencing it

So true, so very true.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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Stay tuned ... things could really start moving fast on Vine. I would love to see a portion of the neighborhood (maybe a two-block area) evolve into an ethnic district - like a Little Italy or Chinatown.
If an ethnic area does develop in Over-the-Rhine, I would hope it's a German one. As much as I love OTR and the direction it's going, I can't believe there isn't a push for a German district somewhere in the neighborhood.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:09 AM
 
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If an ethnic area does develop in Over-the-Rhine, I would hope it's a German one. As much as I love OTR and the direction it's going, I can't believe there isn't a push for a German district somewhere in the neighborhood.
I guess we would sort of have to have Germans around to do that. Unfortunately, I think our indigenous population is a little watered down. Besides, while it appeals to me greatly, "German" doesn't do much to attract the urban hipsters.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:08 AM
 
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I agree, the German is watered down considerably. While I claim German heritage, my actual family immigrants came from Austria, the land of Vienna sausage fame.

I am satisfied with the Moerlein beer brand restoration. Back a century or a half ago OTR was a densely packed, low level income conclave of Germanic peoples, similar to the Italian, etc. slums of NYC. If not a slum, close to it, with sustandard living conditions. Those who could get gainful employment moved out of OTR as fast as they could. There is a tendency to wax euphoric on a circumstance which was certainly less than ideal. I don't believe we need to attempt to glorify that aspect.

As far as the ethnic areas if our American cities, most of them were born out of necessity. People felt comfortable with people of their own ancestry. But all of the embellishment in the world will not disguise one basic fact, they lived in fear, fear of the unknown, fear of tomorrow, fear of survival.

Yesterday, at my local watering hole, we were discussing what is the best liked Mexican cuisine restaurant in our neghborhood. I found it very interesting the dissenting opinions. A couple of places I find undistinguished, others raved about. It just emphasized to me how different our individual tastes are.

To me, Cincinnati needs to emphasize the variety we currently have available today and not just concentrate on a single heritage theme. The German heritage is strong, but I do not feel capable of carrying Cincinnati where it needs to go.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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I appreciate the insight kjbrill. I think it's easy to romanticize OTR's old days and forget that it's most always been working class poor. As for a German historic section, does anyone have any background on how German Village came to be in Columbus? Is that a newer designation? (I don't have time to google it right now)
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