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  1. BigDipper 80

    Cincinnati: Restaurant News & Info

    I have no idea what this ridiculous-looking Nashville-based show is actually about, but I LOL'd ten seconds in when they went to eat at one of Nashville's "new trendy restaurants"... and surprise, they ended up at Cincinnati-based chain restaurant Nada. Props for places like Bakersfield et al for managing to successfully pass themselves off as stand-alone "local, non-chain" brands, but it also kind of sucks a bit that these other cities think those restaurants unique to their city and not a Cincinnati creation.
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    Favorite Streets in Ohio

    ^Yeah, I also considered listing a bunch of stuff around Shaker Square, but I figured I'd try to not hog every cool street in Cleveland! Euclid Heights Blvd in C.H. also has some great apartment rows.
  3. BigDipper 80

    Favorite Streets in Ohio

    Not a joke, I genuinely really like that street. Maybe it's me glamorizing "ruin porn" (which I try not to do), but it's so representative of how impressive a lot of E.C. used to be and how far it's fallen. Even in their overgrown, abandoned state, they're some really cool apartment buildings. There aren't many "apartment streets" like that around the state outside of a few areas on the east side of greater Cleveland. As for #1, most of the rest of West Boulevard is big single-family houses set back far from the street with huge, grand trees. I generally don't find Cleveland's "rich" or "upper middle class" houses quite as appealing as what one might find in East Walnut Hills or something, but the overall effect of West Boulevard really makes a great impression. https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4733172,-81.7554846,3a,75y,193.93h,85.19t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1s0BceLF8ehTSFBT5tBRlSUQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D0BceLF8ehTSFBT5tBRlSUQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D153.4709%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100
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    Favorite Streets in Ohio

    How DARE small-town Appalachia actually be charming and nice?! It's just like the people who hate on Ohio their entire lives but keep sending their kids to Oberlin or Kenyon.
  5. BigDipper 80

    Favorite Streets in Ohio

    There aren't many states that have such a sheer variety of different streetscapes as we do... it makes me so mad that we're considered to be exclusively suburban Midwestern sprawl here! Anyway, here are a few of my selections: Cleveland 1) West Boulevard (the whole thing is great, but especially between Detroit and Clifton): https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4803561,-81.7501628,3a,75y,310.59h,89.46t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sE66idL-Rs5LIU88Bbf-EAQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 2) Newton Avenue: https://www.google.com/maps/@41.506899,-81.6191259,3a,75y,96.71h,93.22t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1siVr8BTgh653pPZ26w2ebiw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 3) Chapman Avenue (yeah yeah, it's in East Cleveland, sue me): https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5352077,-81.5782867,3a,75y,142.74h,90.47t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s_oTn4tVY7lfYAX-t6Tt_3w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Cincinnati 1) West McMicken Ave around the Mowhawk area: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1215503,-84.5268095,3a,75y,246.26h,99.94t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s1xIl06JaI-CDB53eFXs77Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 2) Dayton Street: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1182369,-84.5279776,3a,75y,87.02h,100.94t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sujvOLuCmBQ28ZUXWt7I9og!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 3) East 13th Street in Pendleton: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1106227,-84.5065085,3a,75y,106.1h,97.73t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sf-UDK6MNnvw8T9y34-SzKA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Columbus 1) City Park Avenue: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9497517,-82.9964559,3a,75y,171.12h,91.37t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sqqBq2b_nwxLb5mjhApmpuw!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DqqBq2b_nwxLb5mjhApmpuw%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D80.20587%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100 2) Beck Street: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9508371,-82.9947911,3a,75y,139.36h,92.53t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1srFenEYB_RzC53SS6XxYkUQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DrFenEYB_RzC53SS6XxYkUQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D272.66904%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100 3) Bryden Road: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9603562,-82.9644683,3a,75y,44.64h,90.19t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1ss9VoI4BReuNVJ6NRTolI1g!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3Ds9VoI4BReuNVJ6NRTolI1g%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D249.09058%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100 Dayton 1) West Third Street: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7563131,-84.211573,3a,75y,228.82h,92.34t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sFBDEzvoGte6tMC1tU7f_jw!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DFBDEzvoGte6tMC1tU7f_jw%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D208.98836%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656 2) Yale Avenue: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7710209,-84.2149638,3a,75y,137.22h,91.67t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s5liw7IZi1ElkwEqDlCUyVQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D5liw7IZi1ElkwEqDlCUyVQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D271.82315%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656 3) East Fifth Street (also the whole Oregon District, in general): https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7571079,-84.1832721,3a,75y,242.03h,96.99t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sEfMfYBR023Oy3mI1aQHy9g!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DEfMfYBR023Oy3mI1aQHy9g%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D242.18877%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656 Toledo 1) Madison at Huron (The Worl'd Greatest Intersection! ) : https://www.google.com/maps/@41.6521835,-83.5366251,3a,75y,311.33h,123.37t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1s3QX6nHsrdHrDEpunMkRfrA!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3D3QX6nHsrdHrDEpunMkRfrA%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D214.43858%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100 2) Scottwood Avenue: https://www.google.com/maps/@41.6680437,-83.5592598,3a,75y,338.89h,93.54t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1samrZScjnqxlfKzA5o45V9A!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DamrZScjnqxlfKzA5o45V9A%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D72.06992%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100 My apologies to Akron, Canton, and Youngstown, I don't know you guys well enough to name any favorite streets! I'll leave that up to other forumers
  6. Someone needs to get the FCC people to meet with the folks developing the new Crew stadium, or take them up to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit to show how to somwhat-properly integrate a stadium into a mixed-use project.
  7. Reminds me of this thing in Osaka:
  8. BigDipper 80

    The Official *I Love Cleveland* Thread

    ^Ironically, Ric was born in Cincinnati.
  9. Metro Baltimore might be nominally wealthier than Cincinanti by virtue of being in the Washington metroplex, but the city itself is probably on equal footing with Cincinnati, if not actually a bit shabbier. West Baltimore is... rough, to say the least, and even most of downtown is a bit grubby. But that's more of an East Coast thing than specifically a Baltimore thing. It's really a lot like St. Louis, where you have some really solid neighborhoods (Fells, Mt Vernon, Charles Village) that butt up directly to some not-so-friendly places.
  10. Exactly. Small grocery stores can work (see Aldi), but convincing people to shop 2-3 times a week instead of biweekly or monthly is a big cultural shift that has to happen in tandem with these co-ops. That, and convincing people that it's totally possible to walk a mile with 3-4 bags of groceries.
  11. There's the Kroger on Kenard, which is only about a mile and a half from the heart of Northside. Clifton Market is about equidistant from the Kenard Kroger and the Corryville Kroger. Any independent grocer is going to have a hard time competing with either of the Uptown Krogers, from a price, variety and (of course, this being Cincinnati) a free parking standpoint.
  12. Cleveland's really the only city with a Hispanic presence in Ohio, although Dayton does have a very small "Mexicantown" of sorts on East Third. They all seem to skip Ohio and go straight for Chicago, Detroit or northern Indiana. Elkhart is 25% Hispanic, somehow.
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    Didn't Cranley also drop his phone into a hot tub? Where was the outrage over that? What is it with this City Council and butterfingers? I'm honestly glad that the Dayton city commission never does anything exciting, ever.
  14. That building is so strange. It's always been a bit of a mystery to me why the Guardian Building wasn't originally designed to include a Woodward entrance.