Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The End of Suburban Cincinnati's Alpine Chalets



Originally envisioned as an alpine lodge to complement the nearby amusement park, the Kings Island Inn & Resort attracted the likes of the Partridge Family & The Brady Bunch. In its later years, it changed with the times and fell from its role as part of a "Midwestern Disney World." In the coming days, it's headed for demolition.


Friday, October 31, 2014

[Kings Waffle] Chapter 6: Happy Halloween

Hash Browns & Coffee instead of Candy & Costumes.


Next Chapter: Coming Soon
Previous Chapter: Origin Stories

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Lunkenheimer Building


On Cincinnati's west side, there's an industrial icon being reborn. They've got space. They'll make space.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

[Kings Waffle] Chapter 5: Origin Stories


Some guys I've know for a long time who I drink coffee with at Waffle House.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Finding the Freedom Center

- Shackles on the floor of an actual slave pen that was relocated and rebuilt within the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

A few months ago I was sitting in a downtown office with a consultant brought in to help the Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau identify opportunities for marketing the city. We chatted about things appealing to tourists and out of town visitors. We both mentioned the usual things: the Reds, Bengals, Kings Island, the Zoo, craft beer, history, etc. - the kinds of things you can find similar versions of in any number of American cities. He was no stranger to traveling or to these types of tourism traits, but he noticed one thing that really stuck out about Cincinnati. After scribbling down some notes, he looked up and said:

"You know, one thing I noticed that can be found in Cincinnati that no other city has...

...a "freedom center."