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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Stadium Seats and Stories From the Gardens

Over this weekend, I was lucky enough to add an original seat from the Cincinnati Gardens to my pair of Riverfront Stadium seats. I loved the Gardens and have a lot of great memories from there. I'm still hoping that I can maybe do one more story on the place and see it one last time before its date with the wrecking ball.

In the meantime, here's a look back at all the QC/D stories from the Gardens over the years.

Thanks for all of the seats, Dad.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Circus Came and Went One Last Time

In January 2017 it was announced that the 146 year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus would cease to exist. While a handful of dates were cancelled, Cincinnati would be one of the final touring stops. Evoking some childhood nostalgia, I went for the first time in 15 years. One last time.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fading Advertisements: Columbus, OH and Indianapolis, IN

Two quick entires of fading signs in Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Extraordinary Story of the Cincinnati Comets

Having once been a soccer detractor, I came around as a fan in 2011. In 2012, I wrote a piece speculating on whether or not Cincinnati could support a Major League Soccer franchise. In 2015, I was an early adopter of FC Cincinnati; I bought season tickets and helped establish a supporters group. Since FCC’s incredibly successful first season, a lot has been written about their ambitions to jump from the lower divisions and join MLS. I’m content to support them at any level; however, I do believe that joining the nation’s top league is not only a good thing but also something achievable. Monitoring MLS expansion and lower division American soccer over the past few years has been fascinating. It got me thinking about past Cincinnati teams, where those teams went, and why they didn’t make it. In this website’s From the Archives series, I wrote about an abandoned stadium that also told the tale of one former club. That lead me to others—particularly the Cincinnati Comets, a franchise long lost to the dustbin of history. All that remains of the Comets' story is a small Wikipedia page, a few online factoids, and articles in newspaper archives. I think the team's story is one worth telling—one that should be remembered alongside the story of American soccer’s evolution, of Cincinnati’s departed NBA team, and of the city's missed chance at an NHL team.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

From the Archives Part 5: The Emery Theatre

Music Hall, the Aronoff, the Taft, Memorial Hall, and even Bogarts have all come to be iconic Cincinnati concert venues in both classic and contemporary circles. However, at the corner of Central Parkway and Walnut, the Emery Theatre with its legendary acoustics and gorgeous balconies still waits to join that list. These photos from 2008 highlight an ongoing story.