Friday, March 09, 2007


Check Out My Blog from South By Southwest in Austin

If you're not familiar, SXSW is an amazing indy music festival in Austin. It's basically a weeklong celebration of music, food and good times in Austin.

I'll keep The 'Nati from being overly cluttered with SXSW 'stuff', by utilizing a new blog for SXSW. If you're interested in what's going on, check here, as I'll be making regular updates this week about the joy of Austin:

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Bagel Shop - Newport

Steamboat Bagels will open on Monmouth Street a block away from the levee next month. It will sit in between the Dry Cleaners, and the planned Greater's on Monmouth.

I thought about opening a bagel shop on Monmouth about a year ago, but realized I had no idea how to make bagels...

Anyway, this is directly on my route to work, so I am guessing I'll be a regular at Steamboat.

Side Note - Arthur Leech is also opening Restaurant Mandolin on the 600 block of York St in Newport this summer.

Funny aside - thought this was amusing... "The city introduced Leech to Tom Robertson, who owned a four-story building in the 1880s with a large available first-floor space". If that dude owned a building in the 1880s he must be like 150 years old, someone call Guiness Book of World Records.

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Why Rail Transit

Okay... I know, by now it's a dead horse, but I am going to continue to beat it. Cincinnati/NKY talks a lot about attracting and retaining the 'creative class'. Label it however you want, but in a nutshell, cities have a vested interest in ensuring a strong, educated workforce.

Quality of life is a key component in this, and quality of life is a major aspect of transit. When someone is on a job search and has comparable job offers in multiple cities, that is when things like transportation and entertainment comes into play.

Right now Cincinnati is probably outpacing many cities of comparable size in entertainment. With all the cultural institutions (Aronoff, Playhouse, Symphony, Know, etc), college and professional sports, and dining options, it's hard to say that what you're looking for isn't in Cincinnati.

Transit is another question. You've read me talk about street cars, and ultimately light rail. This is so important. If you don't believe me take a look at what happens to development when you rely on highways and roads instead of trains and mass transit.

From Light Rail Now Website -

San Fransisco - In this view of downtown San Francisco and its waterfront, on the surface and visible in the photo is a surface light rail line and a streetcar line, along with cable cars, electric trolleybuses, and diesel buses

Cincinnati - In this photo of downtown Cincinnati and its waterfront, besides the great swaths of concrete of the roadways themselves are the vast parking lots and garages necessary to accommodate the battalions of private motor vehicles which this combined land use and transportation policy is designed to encourage

It's time to get rid of some of the cars, and start being smart about transit.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


I'm a Famous Blogger

If you don't believe it, just check out CiN Weekly this week:

Okay, so there's a bunch of other famous bloggers in Cincinnati/NKY as well, here's a rundown in this week's CinWeekly:

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