Elsewhere

Then & Now: An Interactive Look at Downtown Cincinnati’s Past: coolness.

RR Interviews: Zan McQuade of the Cincinnati AnthologyPt. 1 and Pt. 2: an informative, two-part interview about this book, which includes a contribution by yours truly.

Rare Neon Signs on Display at the History Museum at the Castle: an awesome exhibit opened this week in Appleton, WI.

Malls Fill Vacant Stores with Server Rooms: creative reuse in places like Fort Wayne, IN and Jackson, MS.

Taylor Swift Explaining New York Vocabulary Is Beyond Cringeworthy: T-Swift was recently named the NYC Ambassador, and this is her latest foray into “realness.”

Rome’s Rebel Lake Is a Parable of the Contemporary Commons: a long read, but a great story of grassroots urbanism.

Shopfront Elegy: photos of ghost signs and storefronts, in London and beyond.

Elsewhere

Save the Davis: this Monday, an attempt to prevent the demolition of the David Furniture Building in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati.

NKY Scholar House to Offer Housing, Programming for Low-Income Student-Parents: very cool.

All the Places the New York Times Has Compared to Brooklyn: two surprises — New Orleans and the Hamptons, plus a bunch of the usual suspects.

Bollards, Bricks and Black Cabs: Why the Best Urban Objects Are Mundane: the Museum of the Mundane celebrates just that in London.

Tennessee Wonderland: Exploring an Abandoned Neighborhood and Hotel in the Tennessee Mountains: a haunting, in-depth look at the abandoned town we stumbled onto in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park earlier this year.

Half of the United States Lives in These Counties: weird/interesting map/stat stuff.

Since the 1970s a Man Has Been Planting a Forest Larger than Central Park, One Tree at a Time: a fascinating endeavor.

Elsewhere

Craft Supply Swap!: tomorrow at Rock Paper Scissors in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, a craft supply swap and the opening of an exhibit featuring select Crafty Supermarket vendors, including yours truly.

A Little Good News for Endangered Murals: an update on the Cincinnati Union Terminal murals that now live at the airport.

Go to Cincinnati for FotoFocus, Stay for the Street Art: just that.

In Praise of Boring Cities: from Arlington to Zurich, maybe boring’s not so bad.

These 7 Cities Expose Exactly What Gentrification Is Doing to America: NYC comes in only at #3.

$90 Million Restoration Nears Completion on the Largest Theater in Brooklyn: the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn is almost back to its original grandeur.

See This Little Island Off Of New York? You’ll Never Guess What’s On It… OMG.: spoiler alert — it’s an abandoned hospital.