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The UrbanCincy Podcast
51 minutes | Feb 3, 2017
Episode #66: Winter Update
On the 66th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Travis, Jake, and John discuss the demolition of the Pogue’s Garage and the construction of the Fourth & Race and Eighth & Sycamore towers. We also discuss the effects of the Hamilton County Auditor’s property revaluations, various Uptown developments, and more.
59 minutes | Oct 7, 2016
Episode #65: The Cardinal
On the 65th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Travis, Randy, and John are joined by Charlie Monte Verde of Amtrak. We discuss the Cardinal Conference that was held in late September and the possibility of upgrading the Cardinal — Cincinnati’s sole intercity passenger train — to daily service. We also discuss why Amtrak’s overall ridership is continuing to rise year over year, and what it would take for additional Amtrak routes to be added to Cincinnati’s Union Terminal.
51 minutes | Sep 16, 2016
Episode #64: Jason Barron of Red Bike
On the 64th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Travis, Randy, and John are joined by Jason Barron, the Executive Director of Red Bike. We discuss how the first two years of Cincinnati’s bike share program have gone, what tweaks have been made during that time, and where the system is going next. We also discuss Red Bike’s challenges in neighborhoods that are hillier and not as bike-friendly as Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine.
57 minutes | Jul 1, 2016
Episode #63: Summer Update
On the 63rd episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Travis, Randy, and John discuss some recent news stories affecting Cincinnati’s urban core. We talk about the potential demolition of Cincinnati Gardens, as how younger Cincinnatians have stepped up to fight to save historic buildings like The Dennison Hotel and the Davis Furniture building. We discuss the proposed LibertyElm development and whether the originally-proposed six story design was appropriate for Over-the-Rhine. We give a preview of some of the changes coming soon to Main Street and the eastern half of OTR. And finally, we discuss the changes to this year’s MidPoint Music Festival, which has had a long history of being integrated into the urban core but will take a much different format this year. Photo: The original proposal for the LibertyElm development.
50 minutes | Feb 26, 2016
Episode #62: Urban Parking Challenges
On the 62nd episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Travis, Randy, and John discuss some of the challenges related to parking that developers face when building in the urban core. We discuss how parking requirements have impacted a variety of recent proposals including the Strietmann Biscuit Company building, Fifteenth & Vine, and LibertyElm, and we look back at suggestions UrbanCincy made in 2012 about how to deal with parking problems in Cincinnati. Finally, we give a few updates on a few projects moving forward in the urban core, including the Ziegler Park/Cutter Playground renovation and Eighth and Sycamore. Photo: The parking garage that will serve as the foundation for The Banks Phase 3 is under construction. Taken on February 22, 2016 by Travis Estell.
47 minutes | Jan 29, 2016
Episode #61: Cincy Stories with Desi Marie, Bonnie Meyer, and Jay Shifman
On the 61st episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we are sharing three of the stories from the latest edition of Cincy Stories, which was held on November 3, 2015 at MOTR Pub. These speakers are Desi Marie, also known as The Silent Poet; Bonnie Meyer, the Director of LGBTQ Programs & Services at Northern Kentucky University; and Jay Shifman, a community activist who works with the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation and other local organizations. The next Cincy Stories event will be held on February 2. It will feature speakers Katie Vogel, Derrick Braziel, Corey Ward, Mac Means, Jai Washington, and Claire Suer, as well as local music from Andrew Aragon.
42 minutes | Jan 15, 2016
Episode #60: 2015 in Review (Part 2)
On the 60th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Travis, Randy, John, Jake Mecklenborg, and Jacob Fessler continue our discussion from our previous episode looking back at the 2015. We start off with a discussion of the Liberty Street Road Diet, including whether bike lanes are needed on this type of street, and also discuss the future of the city’s master plan for bikes. Finally, we discuss the role of industry along the Mill Creek valley and discuss whether Queensgate could have a future that incorporates other uses than industrial.
52 minutes | Jan 1, 2016
Episode #59: 2015 in Review (Part 1)
On the 59th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Travis, Randy, and John discuss a number of developments in the neighborhoods of Oakley, Pleasant Ridge, Uptown, and the Central Business District. Will new businesses like Nine Giant Brewing will help solidify Pleasant Ridge’s neighborhood business district and result in new development in the neighborhood? How does the Oakley Transit Center fit into the anti-urban Oakley Station development as well as Metro’s larger plans for a regional transportation system? Can Uptown diversify its retail to include more than just restaurants? With the Eighth & Sycamore and Fourth & Race projects moving forward, what’s next step in the Central Business District’s development?
42 minutes | Nov 20, 2015
Episode #58: Streetsblog Gathering
On the 58th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we discuss our recent meet-up of Streetsblog writers from around the county in Cincinnati. We talk about the visitors’ impressions of Cincinnati and what lessons we learned from other cities. Finally, we talk about our experiences using Red Bike to get around the urban core, and discussed the latest news on the Cincinnati Streetcar project.
97 minutes | Oct 23, 2015
Episode #57: Cincinnati Parks Levy Community Forum
On the 57th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we bring you our recording of the Cincinnati Parks Levy Community Forum held earlier this week at the Niehoff Urban Studio. The forum featured Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Save Our Parks member Don Mooney, making their case for and against Issue 22, respectively. During the forum, Mayor Cranley also discussed how Cincinnati and Hamilton County considered collaborating on a joint parks tax but that these talks were broken off by the city. We’d like to remind our readers and listeners that Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Cincinnati residents can visit the Hamilton County Board of Elections website to find their polling place or learn more about early voting.
42 minutes | Oct 2, 2015
Episode #56: Stadiums and Cities
On the 56th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we are joined by Alex Ihnen of nextSTL to discuss stadiums and their impacts on cities. We talk about the new NFL stadium proposed for St. Louis’ north riverfront and whether it could actually help redevelop that struggling part of the city. We also discuss whether this proposal is an example of sports team owners ripping off cities, or whether it could be positive financially for the St. Louis. Finally we compare the proposal with the experience of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in building the new Reds and Bengals stadiums, as well as the desire to replace or upgrade US Bank Arena.
49 minutes | Aug 21, 2015
Episode #55: Cincy Stories with Mike Moroski, Ms. Ebony J, and Maryanne Zeleznik
On the 55th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we are sharing three of the stories from the latest Cincy Stories event, which was held on July 7, 2015 at MOTR Pub. Mike Moroski, Ms. Ebony J, and Maryanne Zeleznik each shared personal stories which we are bringing to you on this podcast. Stay tuned to Cincy Stories’ new website to learn more about future events.
47 minutes | Jul 3, 2015
Episode #54: Summer Update
On the 54th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Randy Simes, Jake Mecklenborg, and Chris Cousins join Travis for a summer update. We discuss the proposed parks levy, whether GE might relocate its headquarters to Cincinnati, the expansion of Red Bike, and new developments in the CBD.
114 minutes | Jun 19, 2015
Episode #53: Owner-Occupied OTR
On June 6, the Over-the-Rhine Foundation hosted a workshop called Owner Occupied OTR, sharing four stories of building renovations taking place in the neighborhood. A number of issues were covered, from financing to historic district regulations to LEED certification. On today’s podcast, we bring you our recording of this workshop. The following PowerPoint presentations are available for download if you’d like to follow along with the speakers: 139 W. McMicken (starts at 3:30 in the podcast) and 127 Mulberry (starts at 22:30) 306 E. Liberty (starts at 40:00) 1405-1407 Elm (starts at 1:06:20)
41 minutes | May 29, 2015
Episode #52: Kathy Holwadel of Cincyopolis
On her blog Cincyopolis, Kathy Holwadel has been covering a number of interesting and important topics, including tax abatements for downtown office towers, incorrect property valuations and the Board of Revisions, and transparency at the Port Authority. She has also written series of posts titled Big Thinkers where she profiles some of the people she’s interviewed. On the 52nd episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Travis and Kathy have a discussion about these topics and many others.
51 minutes | May 15, 2015
Episode #51: Cincy Stories with Allen Woods, Joe Boyd, and Kathryne Gardette
On the 51st episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we are sharing three of the stories from the second Cincy Stories event, which was held on May 5, 2015 at MOTR Pub. Allen Woods, Joe Boyd, and Kathryne Gardette each shared personal stories which we are bringing to you on this podcast. Stay tuned to Cincy Stories’ Facebook page to learn more about future events.
56 minutes | May 1, 2015
Episode #50: Burnet Woods
On the 50th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we bring you a recording of a panel discussion on Burnet Woods held at the University of Cincinnati’s Niehoff Studio. The discussion was moderated by UrbanCincy‘s John Yung and featured Chris Manning from Human Nature, Ken Stapleton from Ken Stapleton & Associates, and Christy Samad from Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC).
50 minutes | Feb 27, 2015
Episode #49: Ideas to Copy
On the 49th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Travis, Jocelyn, Jake, and Randy take a listener suggestion and come up with a list of ideas that Cincinnati should copy from other cities. We touch on the ideas like introducing ultra-high speed internet access, completely re-drawing the city’s bus route map, merging smaller municipalities together to gain efficiency, introducing an urban service boundary, and finding innovative ways to generate electricity. In a future episode, we’ll follow up with even more ideas that Cincinnati should consider copying.
40 minutes | Feb 13, 2015
Episode #48: Cincy Stories with Ryan Messer and Molly Wellmann
On the 48th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we are sharing two of the stories from the first Cincy Stories event, which was held on February 3, 2015 at MOTR Pub. Molly Wellmann and Ryan Messer each shared personal stories which we are bringing to you on this podcast. Stay tuned to Cincy Stories’ Facebook page to learn more about future events.
66 minutes | Jan 30, 2015
Episode #47: Northside
On the 47th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Jake, John, and Travis are joined by James Heller-Jackson to discuss the neighborhood of Northside. We discuss the neighborhood’s thriving arts and music scene, events such as the annual Rock N’ Roll Carnival in Hoffner Park, and the neighborhood’s many successful small businesses. We mention a number of new developments that have changed the neighborhood in recent years, including the American Can Factory, and others that will be coming soon, such as The Gantry, a collection of new townhomes, and the Urban Artifact brewery and performance space. We speculate about the possibility of Northside gaining improved Metro bus service and Red Bike stations. And finally, we talk about the Apple Street Market that aims to bring a grocery store back to this walkable neighborhood.
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