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  1. Hey again! The second part of my March 2014 Cincinnati, Ohio trip features one of the finest intact urban neighborhoods in the United States, Over-the-Rhine, just north of downtown Cincinnati. The neighborhood was once a haven for German immigrants and was nicknamed "Over-the-Rhine" because of how German settlers crossed the Miami and Erie Canals to get to downtown much like crossing the Rhine River in Germany. The neighborhood went into a severe decline in around the infamous 2001 riots. But over the last few year, the neighborhood south of Liberty Street has experienced an incredible comeback and revitalization, with the openings of numerous restaurants, bars, businesses, and the addition of residential units. The neighbourhood is said to contain the highest amount of italianate of any place in the United States. Without further ado, let's begin the tour of this fine urban neighbourhood… Fine commercial blocks along Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine Over-the-Rhine Historical Marker Another building to be renovation/preserved... Just south of Liberty... St. Francis School St. Francis Seraph Roman Catholic Church These blocks are awaiting renovation... A newer residential building on Vine Street... Streetcar tracks being installed on Race Street... Washington Park, recently completed a massive revitalization and facelift... Buildings on Elm Street Elm Street, with the Hamilton County Memorial Building on the left and next to it is the Cincinnati Music Hall Hamilton County Memorial Building (aka Memorial Hall), built in 1908. Cincinnati Music Hall, home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The landmark building was completed in 1878. Looking north on Elm Street 14th street buildings Buildings on Race Street St. Paulus Kriche Church on Race Street Sign for the Cincinnati streetcar project... Cincinnatus Mural Senate Restaurant (where I ate dinner) Inside Senate Restaurant. It was one of the first places to open in Over-the-Rhine that helped to rejuvenate the neighbourhood. It opened 5 years ago... Delicious Gourmet Burger Along with some delicious lobster mac-and-cheese! Hope you all enjoyed! More pictures to come soon!
  2. I must say though, this is debatable. A portion of Cincy's metro area goes into Indiana and Kentucky, thus Cleveland actually has the largest metro IN the state of Ohio. Being a native Clevelander, I of course have to bring this up... ;) It has now been corrected to say second largest with Kentucky and Indiana. I personally have never heard of the 4th and Vine building being called that. I know during the WKRP days the Central Trust logo was on top of the building and then PNC, which is why I was under the impression it's called PNC Tower. Although I like calling it the Central Trust Tower, since it's more original.
  3. Hey guys! I know it's been a while, and I apologize for not being around lately, but... I visited the gorgeous city of Cincinnati, Ohio for the first time ever in March 2014 and I had an awesome time! Cincinnati is the third largest city in Ohio (300,000 population), but is home to the second largest metro in the state at over 2.2 million (which includes parts of Northern Kentucky and SE Indiana). I toured many areas of the Queen City. This part of the tour mainly focuses on the downtown area. Without further ado, let's begin! My hotel I stayed at, the Residence Inn at the Phelps Building, built in 1926. View of downtown Cincinnati from my room on the 11th floor... Fourth Street Lytle Park Procter and Gamble's World Headquarters Cincinnati Masonic Center Taft Theatre Great Western and Southern Insurance Company Building Queen City Square Skyline Chili downtown A staple in SW Ohio, feels like a Hard Rock Cafe, but better! Inside Skyline Chili Cincinnati-style chili dish with chili cheese fries! With all the Cincinnati Reds logos around, I think this is a popular spot for Reds fans to before a game! Atrium Two Building Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company Building Historic Fourth Street in downtown Cincinnati Historic Dixie Terminal building, completed in 1921, former streetcar, stock exchange, and office building. Inside the Dixie Terminal building Exit/Entrance Buildings along historic Fourth Street More buildings including the Classical Music Hall of Fame on the right Looking up at the PNC Tower (I like calling it the Central Trust Tower, one of its original names). It was built in 1913 and was at one time the 5th tallest building in the world and the 2nd tallest office building in the United States. Central Trust Tower and the lesser impressive Provident Building on the right... National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Looking north at downtown Cincinnati... Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals more pictures coming soon!
  4. Hey guys, sorry I haven't been around in a while! Continuing with the highlights of my Summer 2013 trip to Chicago, here's part three of my fourth day in Chicago, which covers the Gold Coast, North Town, and after taking in a show @ the Second City, took some more night pictures, this time of the loop. Looking up at my hotel, the Radisson Blu in the Aqua skyscraper River North Gibsons Steakhouse, exterior shots are featured on "The League" a TV dramedy about football airing on FX. Carmine's, where I ate dinner... Decided to once again enjoy the nice weather and eat outside... I talked briefly with this group of gentleman who were at the Tigers/White Sox game. They were visiting from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fried Calamari as an appetizer… I'm just about in heaven... Veal Saltimbocca with a side of pasta... OMG, it was soooo delicious. I can now see why Chicago was named the "Best Restaurant city in the United States". After dinner, off walking through the Gold Coast... The historic James Charnley House, designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright (who worked for Sullivan's firm at the time), built in 1892. North Town Chicago History Museum... The Second City Theatre, Chicago is where the Second City comedy franchise originated North Town at night... Hope you enjoyed! Coming soon... the loop @ night, Hyde Park, Grant Park, Michigan Avenue, John Hancock Center @ night...
  5. Gorgeous! A neighborhood well worth walking through and capturing with a camera, even if it's not in the city of Cleveland proper! Thanks!
  6. Jaybird

    Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion

    Great to hear about Columbus hosting the 2015 All-Star Game after the lockout cost them the chance in 2013. Ouch, rough loss to Edmonton last weekend. But, they more than made up for it tonight with a commanding 6-0 win over the hockey team I despise the most AGAIN! Ryan Johansen with a pair of goals and an assist. Sergei Bobrovsky with 22 saves in the shutout! I know, I may be from Ontario, Canada, but I despise the Leafs with a passion. :D
  7. Hey guys! Continuing with my photo threads of my remarkable Midwest U.S. trip in the Summer 2013, which included stops with two days in Toledo, Ohio, and five days in Chicago… hopped on the Amtrak train, headed east and…. I finished it off spending three days in the Motor City! The first part of the first day in Detroit includes downtown pictures on a gorgeous Friday afternoon, as well as highlights of the baseball game @ Comerica Park between the Kansas City Royals and the Tigers! The view of Detroit from the Amtrak train... Cadillac Place with the Fisher Building sticking out from the train station... Detroit's Amtrak Station, in all its glory... After hopping aboard a cab downtown… arrived at the Renaissance Center, stayed at the Marriott... My room…. The views from my room, on the 56th floor... Looking down @ GM World... Looking south at the Detroit River and Windsor from the GM Wintergarden GM World... Wintergarden Looking up at the RenCen... Rockin on the Riverfront concert being held in front the RenCen.. Looking at Windsor, Ontario... Millender Center One Woodward and Coleman A. Young Municipal Center Guardian Building Spirit of Detroit One Detroit Center The incredible detail of the Art Deco Guardian Building... Ford Building and Penobscot Building Base of the Penobscot Dime Building First National Building Lower Woodward Avenue Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Campus Martius Park The bustling Campus Martius Park... Cadillac Tower Compuware Building My epic-failed attempt at catching people doing their thing downtown.. Detroit Shoppe and Art Gallery, new business opened up on Woodward, I shall have to check it out the next time I'm in the Motor City Woodward Avenue... Looking up at the restored Broderick Tower Looking up the currently-being-restored David Whitney Building Broadway Tigers fans set out at two popular spots downtown… Small Plates and Detroit Beer Co. Dan Gilbert's Z Building Retail on Broadway... Those two guys were cool... Comerica Park Detroit's hardest working... My seat for the game... Start of the game... Miggy comes to the plate… but didn't get much this game... Neither did Prince... Late in the game, Tigers still no runs to KC's 2. … and that's how it ended... Score to confirm, 3-0 KC... After-game fireworks! Hope you all enjoyed!
  8. Very nice! Makes me miss Chicago! One of my ideal activities, being in a big city, going to an NHL hockey game. It's perfect! Thanks for the pics, NorthAndre!
  9. It was very good! Tell your friends a forumer liked it very much! Glad my bike tour guide recommended it! Hey, NorthAndre! Great to hear from you. That sucks about the fire. I hope they can rebuild!
  10. Hey again! Continuing with the highlights of my Summer 2013 trip to Chicago, here's part three of my fourth day in Chicago, which covers the Gold Coast, North Town, and after taking in a show @ the Second City, took some more night pictures, this time of the loop. Looking up at my hotel, the Radisson Blu in the Aqua skyscraper River North Gibsons Steakhouse, exterior shots are featured on "The League" a TV dramedy about football airing on FX. Carmine's, where I ate dinner... Decided to once again enjoy the nice weather and eat outside... I talked briefly with this group of gentleman who were at the Tigers/White Sox game. They were visiting from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fried Calamari as an appetizer… I'm just about in heaven... Veal Saltimbocca with a side of pasta... OMG, it was soooo delicious. I can now see why Chicago was named the "Best Restaurant city in the United States". After dinner, off walking through the Gold Coast... The historic James Charnley House, designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright (who worked for Sullivan's firm at the time), built in 1892. North Town Chicago History Museum... The Second City Theatre, Chicago is where the Second City comedy franchise originated North Town at night... Loop at night... State Street at night... Theatre District... Thompson Center Chicago City Hall Willis Tower Hope you enjoyed! Coming soon… Kenwood, Hyde Park, John Hancock Center, Michigan Avenue @ night
  11. Hey guys, continuing with my series of Chicago pictures from my August 2013 trip to the Windy City… here is part one of my fourth day, which includes a tour of Wrigley Field, Wrigleyville, and the baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the visiting Cincinnati Reds. This is the second part of Day 4, which includes a tour of Wrigleyville, part of Lake View neighborhood and the ball game between the visiting Cincinnati Reds and the Cubs. Buildings along Addison Street in Wrigleyville, which is actually part of the formally named Lake View neighbourhood in Chicago's north side Most of these style of buildings are what you typically see in Chicago's older commercialized areas Corner of Addison and Broadway Looking east on Addison, we find some high-rises towards Lake Michigan... Until I came to Chicago, never heard of Jewel Osco, I guess that's an equivalent to Detroit's Meijer or Buffalo's Tops. Wilde's Bar and Restaurant, where I ate lunch as recommended by my bicycle tour guide... Views from my seat outside... Outside the restaurant... Grilled Chicken club sandwich on a pretzel bun wild rice, delicious! St. Peter's Episcopal Church Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School Corner of Clark and Belmont… Back to Wrigley Field! Main concourse... My seat, couldn't ask for anything better, IMHO... Cubs getting warmed up... as are the Reds... Start of the game... The Reds' Todd Frazier had a heck of a game, got a homerun in his first at-bat... There were a good number of Reds fans who made the trek up from Cincinnati... Lot of Red scattered in the crowd of Blue... Frazier completes the trek, making it 1-0 Reds... The incredible scoreboard... The Cubs' turn at bat... An authentic Wrigley Field beer and hot dog, I had to get a picture of this! One of the few major league ballparks that has a bullpen on the field... Bronson Arroyo, pitcher for the Reds, pitched a gem and Cincinnati's defines was top notch today... Reds scoring again, making it 5-0. The Cubbies today just couldn't muster up any offense, only had 2 hits in the game... Reds win! Game score wasn't what I would've liked it to be, but the experience at this ball park was second-to-none. Outside the park after the game... Red Line at Addison Station... Lineups for the Red Line after Cubs game are usually very long... Hope you enjoyed! Coming soon… Gold Coast, Hyde Park, Kenwood, University of Chicago, John Hancock Center...
  12. Hey everyone, I thought I would share an article I wrote along with some pictures I took about my time in Toledo during my Midwest U.S. trip which included stops in Chicago and Detroit. I wrote it for buffalorising.com, and did it mainly as to compare similarities between Toledo and Buffalo. The article is here: http://buffalorising.com/2013/10/road-trip-holy-toledo/ It was so good and nice that the Toledo Mud Hens facebook page posted it on their site and Twitter! Hope you enjoy it and hope it brings some pride and helps some think more positively about Toledo!
  13. Savannah has that historic southern charm to it, which I like! Like that last shot you got of the RenCen! Great pictures of Savannah and Detroit!
  14. Jaybird

    Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion

    Jackets with a good win last night vs. the team I dispise the most! First shorthanded goal of the year for Brandon Dubinsky turns out to be the game winner! Sounds like the Jackets may be getting their game back. The fact that Nathan Horton hasn't started yet may explain why the Jackets aren't off to as fast of a start.
  15. Jaybird

    Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion

    They're my second favorite team, lol, behind the Red Wings. Penguins are number 3 (to balance it even more), and the Winnipeg Jets are number 4. Yeah, Buffalo's gonna be rebuilding this year and are in for a rough ride. BTW, has Nathan Horton played at all for the Jackets this year? How's he looking with his new team?
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