Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Dayton Arcade

Since 2007, Queen City Discovery has been a labor of love. In October of that year I started this website, at the behest of a friend who had been telling me to put something together for months. Until then, I was just occasionally sharing photographs on various Internet forums in the days before social media and Reddit. When I got around to finally doing it, I was sitting in a dorm room at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, missing Cincinnati. In the years that followed, there have been so many stories told here on this blog/website. They range through various subjects, but by far the most popular tend to be those concerning urban exploration/the documentation of abandoned and forgotten places. It's hard to pick a favorite one. I could talk about the story of the Cincinnati Subway for days and go on and on about the "ghost ship." There's one building though, one place, that to me has been the most visually striking. Probably the most impressive to take in. I had heard about it for years, occasionally seen photographs, but to see it in person. I was taken aback. That place is the Dayton Arcade.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Five Days in Virginia

Some photos from a road trip across Virginia.

Cincinnati, OH -> Williamsburg, VA -> Surry County, VA, -> Williamsburg, VA -> Richmond, VA -> Charlottesville, VA -> Cincinnati, OH.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Some Things Are Worth Saving

A downtown landmark with historic roots faces an uncertain future at the crossroads of demolition and preservation.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Lost Airport of Lebanon

You might remember Nick. He's the one known as the "Supreme Chancellor," in my ongoing Kings Waffle series. True to form, this story begins at our local diner, our Waffle House.

We were sipping coffee one day as the sun started to go down and the evening light of summer started to pour in. The best kind of light. I nagged Nick: "we should go shoot something, find something to photograph."

"What about the abandoned runway right next to my work?" he said.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Out of the Basin, Up to Nippert.

At the risk of sounding redundant, I'll keep my comments brief. If you read back in February, I editorialized my excitement for the coming of FC Cincinnati, the city's latest pro sports franchise. I spoke about what the team meant to me, what it meant for the city, and what I was doing to support both. Over the weekend, FCC held its first home match, a 2-1 victory of Charlotte.

I documented the experience, one of the best moments I've ever had as a Cincinnati sports fan.

As a founding member of Die Innenstadt, a supporters group based out of the urban basin, I'll be regularly updating the "news" section. The reason I'm posting this to QC/D is to share what I felt was a historic moment in the city's ever evolving history. Nearly 15,000 people packed Nippert Stadium for professional soccer and the crowd was unlike any other. Read the full recap and future soccer stories here.

QC/D will be back with a fresh update later this week. One about a forgotten airport (history and soccer, it's a damn good week).