Monthly Archives: December 2009

Every six months or so, a new newspaper, ’zine or Web site comes along to declare that they will now be the preeminent voice of local music coverage and that CityBeat is shit. None of those outlets exist anymore.

CityBeat’s Heroes of the Zeroes

When I moved to this teeming borough of painters, drunks, junkies, queers, nudie photographers, novelists, girlfriend-supported guitarists, bikers, drummers, sax players, gang members, and ad folk, I little imagined that it would one day be considered a safe, boring island of stockbrokers, playing straight man to Brooklyn’s hipster.

Jeffrey Zeldman on Manhattan

A committee representing more than 100 faculty members at the University of Cincinnati’s [CCM] has sent a letter to the university’s provost saying that relations with Douglas Knehans, the dean, have ‘reached an irreparable end,’ The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Revolt in Cincinnati’s music conservatory, Inside Higher Ed

Skyline Chili LogosWhat would Skyline Chili’s logo be like if they updated it to accurately reflect the modern Cincinnati skyline?

(Saved from the now-deleted blog ‘The Phony Coney.’)

Locomotive on EgglestonTop: Steam locomotive rolling down the middle of Eggleston Ave. in Downtown Cincinnati, taken November 16, 1940.

Bottom: Photo taken at the exact same location in 2009.

(Photo by mgsmith.)

Ohio facing ‘mobility crisis’ as transportation choices rapidly decline

Many people are aware of the dramatic cuts taking place at Ohio’s local transit authorities, but at the same time Ohio’s intercity public transportation modes – bus carriers, Amtrak, and airlines – are also seeing sharp service declines. According to All Aboard Ohio, these decreases in service are leaving many Ohioans stranded as they look for travel connections between Ohio’s many cities, towns, suburbs, and rural hamlets.

As we lose shopping malls, are we losing something sacred?

Roger Ebert reviewing the 2009 documentary Malls R Us for the Chicago Sun-Times:

Is a shopping mall a sacred place? Not a question often asked. The provocative documentary “Malls R Us” seriously argues that malls serve similar functions today that cathedrals, temples, parliaments, arenas and town squares did in earlier times. Then the film slowly works its way around to the possibility that they may be a plague upon the Earth.