A ghost sign duo at 1379 North Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood: the older, hand-painted Aronson Furniture [a.k.a. muebleria] and the more recent, less distinguished Dollar Buster Plus.
The New York Transit Museum! Where do I even begin? I wanted to visit since I was a kid and, once I finally did, even though I felt weird because I was there alone among families, the place did not disappoint in the least. Allow me to share some highlights.
Art After Dark: Drive-In Movie: tonight at the Cincinnati Art Museum, a free screening of Hilltop Stories, an excellent series of shorts about current and past Walnut Hills residents.
Who Needs Red Bike?: just some questions about Cincinnati’s new bike rental program.
If Cities Want to Succeed, They Need to Focus on What Makes Them Distinct: “Places just need to do a little anthropological work to unearth their distinctiveness, distill it down and then imbue that “mojo” into everything they do.”
Jen and Paul’s One Stop Shopping Souvenir City and Chelsea Bus Tours: if you’re a fan of contemporary art, please check this out.
WalkNYC: a system of freestanding signs showcasing maps and local information.
Half of the United States Lives in These Counties: only 146 counties, in fact.
Mapbox Studio: design your own maps.
In this case, the ghost signs are the pretext for the post, but the building is really the focus. Gart Bros. Sporting Goods Co. was once located in Denver at 1000 Broadway, which is still a sporting goods store. What a beauty of a building!
1999 Broadway, Denver by Robert Gratiot
Robert Gratiot is a Denver-based artist who works in diverse media, but I’m partial to his photorealistic landscape paintings that focus on the hard edges and reflective surfaces of city buildings.
I found these two small ghost signs on the back of the former Provident Camera on West 7th St. in downtown Cincinnati. I’m guessing that Friedman Furs eventually became Fettner Friedman Furs, which is located on West 4th St.
On a recent visit to Oak Park, the leafy suburb just outside Chicago, I took a guided tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright home, built in 1889 with several expansions and renovations over the years, including the connected studio in 1898.