Saturday, August 6, 2011

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Over the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio  © Doug Hickok


The city of Cincinnati has an urban renewal project underway in the Over the Rhine area. This neglected part of town is being targeted for renovation because of it's nationally important 19th century architecture. It is one of the largest urban historic districts in the USA. Originally settled by German immigrants, it became the center of Cincinnati's beer brewing industry, but is known today for it's large collection of Italianate buildings.

Progress is slow, however. Many of the dilapidated structures are secured with brightly painted plywood to temporarily cover doors and windows, in an attempt to

"keep Cincinnati beautiful".
One day these buildings will be attended to, but in the mean time they wait.
Hope springs eternal.




21 comments:

  1. Great colors and nice shot Doug!

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  2. What a creative solution! I like the contrast of colors in the photo.

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  3. There are really fine buildings there, I think this house also will be good looking after renovation. Nice photo, I like the shadows on the wall.

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  4. Lovely colors, shadows and light.

    have a nice weekend Doug.

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  5. I come to your blog because I KNOW I'll always find someting INTERESTING! Thanks! I especially enjoyed the photos from the Ludlow area. So many strong colors and textures!! Nice work!!

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  6. dalle tue foto si capisce chiaramente che cincinnati è una città meravigliosa,complimenti per gli scatti!

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  7. In the meantime, it's a fantastic shot.
    Happy weekend!

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  8. nice blend of texture and color in this.

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  9. I was wondering why "Over the Rhine" and then read about it being settled by Germans... Makes sense then, I guess they had "saudade" of this mighty river, its vicinity is very beautiful. Hope this aera will have a nice "treatment". :) Looking forward to the better times in future!
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  10. despite it is a negelegted area, as you wrote, it is also very colorful

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  11. love those brightly painted fake doors and windows ... better than gaping or boarded up holes! i wish them good luck with the project! (as to the "happy cows" ... i don't know about the better smelling methane, though .... ;-))

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  12. Ha! Talk about gentrification huh?
    That's exactly what's happening in Manchester.

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  13. Love it! The colors are very cheerful.

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  14. love the play with the shadows

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  15. nice colors and light/shadow, nicely seen.

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  16. Love the colors, the bricks and the shadows. Seems tilted a degree or two to the left, though that might be an optical illusion do to crooked doors.

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  17. sure looks colorful.. nicely captured.. :)

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  18. I just hope that they manage the renovation, although in these straightened times it may take some time. One would have thought that the linkage to brewing would have kept it intact!

    Meanwhile it's a nicely captured image

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  19. It's the architectural equivalent of botox--bit of a short term fix I guess? Great shot and interesting backstory Doug

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