Elsewhere

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…

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Elsewhere

Cincinnati 2012: how lovely to end the year with a time lapse showing downtown, Over-the-Rhine and much more.

How to Have Your Heart Broken Every Year: on the perils of gardening in Over-the-Rhine.

Paige’s Favorite Things: wow, we’re in a great company in this roundup of Cincinnati-centric goods, courtesy of Cincy Whimsy.

Habitat for Humanity Takes a Modern Tack: inspiring homes built in Charlottesville, Seattle and Portland.

The Oldest Photo Ever Taken of New York City: a daguerreotype of the Upper West Side from 1848.

Strong Towns: “passionate about the future of America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods.”

Unmiserable Cleveland: just that.

VisuaLingual 2011 Gift Guide

Cincinnati by the Numbers shirt by Wire & Twine

If you’re in the midst of holiday shopping right now, give the gift of independent design! Here are my favorite gift picks from the various corners of the VL microcosm: friends, friends of friends, neighbors, all of them amazing, hard-working people who love what they do.
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Satirical Accessories by Not Made in China

work by Not Made in China

Charlotte-based designer Nikki Mueller runs a one-woman show at Not Made in China, a studio that creates and produces buttons, mirrors, magnets, totes, t-shirts, and prints with a sense of humor. Originally from Oceanside, CA, Nikki both loves her current home in the South and lightheartedly makes fun of it. As an expat myself, I can definitely appreciate this!
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