This Place Matters: Over-the-Rhine Foundation: the OTR Foundation is currently [barely] in the lead in the 2011 This Place Matters Community Challenge. Register and vote to help it win 25k!

Queen City Tour: checks out and documents all the sites on the official Queen City Tour, plus tons more of Cincinnati’s most interesting and sometimes offbeat destinations.

Most Popular Cincinnati Baby Names: Brooklyn comes in at #9; Cincinnati, I have no words for you.

A Showcase of Recent Paintings and Drawings at Funke Fired Arts: opening tonight 6-9pm, an exhibit of recent work by OTR neighbor and all-around nice guy Cedric Michael Cox.

On Exhibition: a review of the High Line and its glassy neighbors, “a watcher’s Eden, a sequence of startling vantage points.”

Drains of My City: it is what you think it is — drain exploration!

A Slaughterhouse in Brooklyn, and Misery Next Door: one of the pitfalls of gentrification — high-end condos next to a chicken slaughterhouse.


7 thoughts on “Elsewhere

  1. Whut up MD, been awhile. RE: Brooklyn as a name. After honestly trying to tone down my hateration, and largely succeeding, it’s little stuff like this that gets my goat a bit. I actually know a longtime hardcore guy (from L.I.) who moved to Arizona, is a single father, and named his daughter (beautiful awesome child) Brooklyn. I really had to bend over backwards to think it was OK (I rationalized it by the fact that he’d lived in Brooklyn for a long time, but then again….!) Anyway, it’s the little bits that count. Kind of like I quit smoking, but cheating with a cig while drunk is what could derail me down the line! Trying to stay strong…Then I see the NYTimes piece, earlier covered by tha blogs, on the chicken slaughterhouse next to the yuppie-ish rentals. Hmmmmm.

  2. Then again, I do like that band The Bronx, and never got my panties in a knot about the name who are from Cali. Go figure!

    Plus, when I spent my first summer in Polska in 2006, i was endlessly amused by visiting the square in Tarnow, where one of the two high-end bars was called “Bronx”.

  3. I think the Bronx doesn’t resonate with you the same way that Brooklyn does, so seeing that name used in other ways doesn’t bother you.

    I’m trying to keep my hateration in check, too, but it’s a struggle. The slaughterhouse situation is crazy to me. WTF were people thinking? The slaughterhouse is doomed; it’s only a matter of time before it has to move, and before all the industrial-type businesses have been forced out of the city, either because of the cost or the zoning.

  4. As always, you serve as my inner “nuh Duh!” re: the Bronx vs. Brooklyn resonance. Feel bad for the slaughterhouse dudes, too. It’s beyond the point of people moving to Brooklyn out of some misguided search for “grittiness”/authenticity, and people have been straight up honest about the borough as a site of yuppie aspirations. What do you think will replace it, if not more glass boxes? High-tech dog run? I’m almost psyched that Queens has no cred among the cupcake-eaters, nor among the hipsterati, but for how long, indeed.

  5. You’re wrong. I think that’s starting to happen in Queens, but it hasn’t yet reached critical mass. One day, it’ll seem completely obvious, like my Laotian friend living in Greenpoint, or a stockbroker living in a loft in Soho.

  6. I’m trying to ignore the Queens thing, and have placebo’d myself into thinking that Astoria have had their influx, but that the Greeks and other off-the-boaters are keeping them to a trickle.

    I’m hoping the difference with Astoria might be that it was solidly middle-class to begin with. It’s so much spitting in the wind, but I still believe that Astoria might be a model of a place that retains a good deal of its character while new things spring up, but don’t overwhelm, the mom-and-pop character. (I guess an artsy hipster cafe is a mom-and-pop operation, and they’ve had ’em for 10 years at least there).

    LIC, however, is like northern Greenpoint–the empty warehouses and other industrial spaces just bring up those dollar signs in developers’ eyes. Like the 5Pointz graffiti center being torn down in the next year or so for condos.

  7. Maybe you’re right. Neighborhoods can change organically, without losing their essence. In The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs used the term “cataclysmic change” [as opposed to organic] to characterize large-scale, usually top-down changes to neighborhoods [like zoning or public works projects]. Maybe what’s been happening in Astoria is just part of the organic ebb and flow.

    5Pointz is being torn down? I had no idea, but it’s not surprising. I’ve got some photos of it from last summer; I should probably just get them up for future reference.

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