4 Days in Cincinnati: during the recent polar vortex, Cincinnati hosted a visitor from LA who shares his observations on the Queen City.

America’s 25 Craziest Cities: these lists are pretty silly and based on data of dubious relevance, but Cincinnati tops this particular one.

Too Poor for Pop Culture: truth to power, straight out of East Baltimore.

Updated Vignelli Subway Map Colorfully Connects NYC & NJ: in honor of the first mass transit Superbowl, an updated version of Massimo Vignelli’s famous/infamous 1972 NYC subway map, this time showing the MTA, NJ Transit, Metro-North, PATH, Long Island Railroad, and Amtrak.

Horrified Man Suddenly Realizes He’s Putting Down Roots in Charlotte: LOLness from The Onion.

Cranbrook: tons of pretty photos of my alma mater.

Scout Leaders Who Toppled Ancient Rock Formation Are Charged: WTF; don’t mess with nature…



Crafty Supermarket Expects Thousands of Shoppers in Over-the-Rhine Saturday: Cincinnati, I hope to see you there!

BuyCincy Holiday Event Aims to Give Local Shops $500,000 Bump: a Cincinnati-wide initiative to boost support for independent businesses this holiday season.

Floral Wedding Ideas: this inspiring round-up from Emmaline Bride includes our personalized seed bomb wedding favors.

Heidelberg Project’s Penny House Destroyed by Fire: Detroit’s large-scale Heidelberg Project installation has been the victim of arson several times this year; please spread the word and consider donating to help ramp up security at the site.

Bloomfield Hills Man Buys House Next to Ex-Wife, Erects Giant Middle Finger Statue: just that, in metro Detroit.

Graffiti Mecca 5Pointz Repainted White in Long Island City, Queens: more sad news for awesome public art [although a federal judge ruled that the property owner may owe the artists damages].

Photos, Videos: The NYBG’s Magical Holiday Train Show Is Back!: local firm Applied Imagination has outdone itself in its annual display at the New York Botanical Garden.


Cincinnati Weekend June 2013: Wild and Wonderful Magellan‘s writeup of a recent visit to the Queen City, including a stop at the American Sign Museum.

Globe Furniture Building – Findlay Market : Digging Cincinnati History uncovers details about this prominent building on Elm St. in Over-the-Rhine.

Making Music Hall, Brick by (Lego) Brick: local engineer Mark D. Clark is building a 1⁄50th scale model replica of Music Hall will feature functional doors, a fully furnished Springer Auditorium, and Elm St. and the Miami-Erie Canal as they appeared circa 1900.

‘Michigan Modern’ at Cranbrook Academy of Art Celebrates State’s Design Legacy: an astounding exhibit just opened at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Applebee’s & the Mermaid Parade: Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York with more depressing thoughts on the transformation of Coney Island.

Douchebags Like You Are Ruining San Francisco: a diatribe on the ouroboros of tech-fueled gentrification.

The Town of Books: “Hay-on-Wye, Wales, has a population of 1,500 and thirty secondhand bookstores.” What.


9 Ways SpringBoard Businesses Can Help with Spring Redecorating: SpringBoard, the creative entrepreneurship course we took, has a fantastic roundup of Cincinnati-made decor goodies, including our Over-the-Rhine-inspired Flourishing pillows.

Historic Jackson Brewery to Become Performing Arts Complex: interesting news about an OTR icon.

4 Neighborhoods Take Lead in Building a Better Business District: elsewhere in Cincinnati, neighborhoods look to replicate OTR’s transformation.

Pay Phones in New York City Take You Back in Time: “A project designed to promote an art exhibit has turned 5,000 Manhattan pay phones into time machines that take callers back to 1993.”

If the US Were a High School, Which Type of Kid Would Each State (or City) Be?: so silly.

Modern Gothic: Astley Castle: rustic Modernism coexists within the 12th century ruins of a castle

Cranbrook — Bloomfield Hills, MI: pretty Springtime eye candy from my alma mater.


Limited-Edition Scarves, Luncheon to Benefit Riverfront Park: the Women’s Committee for Cincinnati Riverfront Park commissioned Denise Strasser to design a scarf whose proceeds will benefit the new Riverfront Park in downtown Cincinnati.

The City’s Their Canvas: much-deserved praise for ArtWorks and its prolific mural program.

Flash Mob Dance Party in OTR: a recent street happening in the neighborhood.

American Pickers We’re Not: for anyone who’s wondering what happened to Suder’s cool old sign, it ended up at the American Sign Museum.

I Love SoOh: a Dayton-based blog devoted to the many riches of Southern Ohio.

At the Birthplace of Modernism, A Rebirth; Cranbrook Art Museum to Reopen in November: wonderful news out of Bloomfield Hills.

The Big Lebowski’s Stoner Cottage Is for Sale: just that.


Four Months in the Tumultuous Short Life of the Shepard Fairey Mural: it was the best of times and it was the worst of times for a short-lived muraltisement at Houston and Bower in NYC. EV Grieve managed to capture all the subtle iterations.

Owl’s Head Light: a visit to a lighthouse in Maine.

Andy Levin’s Coney Island:b/w photographs from the 1970s.

America’s Ten Dead Cities: From Detroit To New Orleans: not earth-shattering reporting, but an interesting analysis.

Rooftops: Cincinnati blogger ZFein checks out the view from various rooftops in NYC.

Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid: some serious architecture porn.

Road Trip Across Michigan: seeking out Modernism in Michigan, from Detroit to Bloomfield Hills to Zeeland.

Findlay Poster by Scott Santoro

Graphic designer Scott Santoro finds beauty and inspiration in the mundane — the detritus of blue-collar work, tools, and circumstances. He is now a highly-regarded NYC-based designer, educator, and author but, as a graduate student at Cranbrook, he gained some early notoriety for this poster promoting the Valentine’s Day Lounge — Lounge being a kind of weekly on-campus speakeasy. Happy Valentine’s Day, and Find Lay, everybody!