Just a quick update on Smitty’s, the store on Vine St. which caught fire three months ago — what’s left of the buildings’ facade is the site of a recent Future Blooms intervention. The new painted windows mix almost seamlessly with the vestiges of store signs. The color palette and amount of detail are perfect for this application.
An almost imperceptible comingling of old and new:
I’ve previously mentioned my issues with the Future Blooms project by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. Many of the organization’s interventions are candy-colored and, in my opinion, draw negative attention to the abandoned buildings they decorate, in some cases serving as canvases for graffiti. In the case of Smitty’s, the restrained color palette and formal language complement their context well. It’s an appropriate homage to a long-standing Over-the-Rhine business [which I hear will be reopening somewhere nearby]. Kudos!