Cincinnati’s ‘Hat Man’ Is Dead: RIP, Avtar S. Gill.

Items Found in Vacant Building: a remarkable collection of artifacts.

Over-the-Rhine and Washington Park: nice photo tour.

Cultural Authenticity in the 21st Century: on the shifting meanings of place and history.

Comeback Kid: Long-Lost Loew’s Kings Rebuild Begins After Three Decades of Decay: finally, progress on the amazing Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

Goodbye Coney Island, Hello Myrtle Beach: more thoughts on the far-reaching and sad changes taking place in Coney Island.

One Way to Keep Super Bowl Profits Local: Sell Off Every Last Bit of Material: something smart is happening in Indianapolis.

2 thoughts on “Elsewhere

  1. Im hearing coney island is revamped, I haven’t been back in a few years to see the drastic changes. Nothings happening yet, the two big things that have happened is the rebuilt Subway terminal and the Cyclones stadium. Besides that the area is as dangerous and dirty as ever. As I said before I dont see how you can remake the area without addressing the poor/ghetto projects and rundown streets, they need to clean that up before they start building mega hotel residential projects. I drove through the area last week and I accidentally turned down on of the streets and heard gunfire very close by. Safe to say I will not be going to coney island anytime soon again.

  2. You haven’t been back in a few years, but you drove through the area last week?

    My family used to live there, so I’ve spent a lot of time in the neighborhood over the past 20+ years. I’ve never found it dangerous, just scrappy and rough around the edges in a way that’s charming, not intimidating.

    The recent changes are reinventing the area to bring in new residents and visitors, but they’re not making life better for the current residents or business owners. It seems that perceived problems are just being pushed out, and I can’t see that an an improvement.

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