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  1. Edale, it's cool. I guess I'm just a little aggravated today after a frustrating day at work. The constant use of hillbilly by several people just sort of fed my sour mood.
  2. ^In this case the meat might actually be "dog" or possum, or the latest roadkill. Do I want to know?
  3. ^ Thank you. I would use the term redneck and not hillbilly. Rednecks revel in being referred to as such.
  4. I never compared it to the use of the N-word. I am also aware that some in the Appalachian culture embrace the term. I am not one of them. If used by someone not of Appalachian descent it is almost certainly used as a slur. All of the negative connotations associated with it are very clear to the one using it and also to the person or persons on the receiving end of it. While some Appalachians have owned it, many still feel the sting of it. I am glad you are not offended by it. While I do not make it equivalent to the N-word, I would not hesitate to place it on equal ground with other ethnic/cultural slurs. And therefore, just as unacceptable imo.
  5. Funny that you share a story about an Asian couple having racial slurs yelled at them; and yet you think it nothing at all to throw around the slur of hillbilly and redneck. As someone of Appalachian descent I find the term hillbilly to be extremely offensive. Can we please refrain from using it from here on out?
  6. If the source of the alleged rumor is Scottfordtvguy's twitter feed, then I would advise you to consider the source. Of course, having said that, keeping my fingers crossed.
  7. I work at Menards in Evendale and there is a steady stream of Hispanic customers that frequently shop there.
  8. Is it just me, or does it look as though they have filled the site back in? The photo upstream showed that they had dug down to the foundations of the old building, now it looks as though they are going to pave over it with an expanded parking lot. Please, someone tell me that isn't the case.
  9. Really love these photos, thank you for sharing them. So cool to see the progression of construction on the First National Bank building. The Mercantile Library Building is nearing completion as the Bank Building is being erected. As for the "newer" photos, my guess is they are around late 1978. The Federated Department Stores Headquarters (Macy's)is well into its construction; It is at full height, and the exterior cladding is being applied. At the same time we can see that Fountain Square South is under construction, but has yet to rise out of the foundation.
  10. One of the things that always frustrated me about KI, was that whenever they decided to add a new attraction it was always at the expense of another one. I never understood that add and subtract policy; Seems like if you had more rides then the lines at each would be shorter and the park visitor could experience more attractions. In my mind that adds up to better customer satisfaction. Besides which, doesn't KI have about a gazillion acres to expand into if they wanted to?
  11. An 1887Sanborn Map shows it as a Synagogue. From gleening the Enquirer files, I guess it was aka the John Street Temple. https://sanborn-ohioweblibrary-org.research.cincinnatilibrary.org/viewer/?id=4842
  12. Wasn't this old church building actually an old Synagogue? It is a remnant of when the West End was the epicenter of the Jewish community. It was built at this location in 1866 for the Holy Congregation Brethren In Love. At that time Bauer was known as Melancthon. The Congregation was earlier located at 15th and Race as Holy Congregation United Brethren. As a touchstone of the history of the West End, a bridge to the past when it was a vital part of the Jewish chapter and then the AA experience, and possibly now a bridge to a new vision for the WE, this building deserves to be saved. just my 2 cents worth.
  13. I am pretty sure that it was the Western & Southern Insurance Co. who did us the favor of ridding the city of that hideous monstrosity. The loss is actually compounded if you can see those amazing old stone mansions just to West of the Odd Fellows Temple. https://www.kentonlibrary.org/genphotos/viewimage.php?i=di107354
  14. I don't know what should be done, I just don't want the history of this location to be forgotten, it has to be highlighted somehow. The old Turner's Gym building was simply massive. I sat on the rooftop of the garage portion of that building behind Wielert's (I don't recall what it was) and watched the demolition. Even as a 10 year old punk kid I realized the important piece of history being lost.
  15. The most significant structure/attraction in this whole area was the old Turners Gym. Turners was the hub of German life when OtR reflected its namesake. When the building was vacated by the Turners in the 50's it became the hub of Appalachian life, right up until it was demolished in 1974. The place was utterly amazing, reeking of history and mystery, it was a fortress of dungeon like basements, mysterious hidden upper levels, and a cavernous gymnasium. In my mind it is one of the most unfortunate demolitions in the history of the neighborhood. If there is not some reference to the part it played in OtR's history, well then, that would just be tragic.
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