Nothing like Opine Season exists anywhere. When we launch fulltime, in September 2015, we will be the most prolific outlet for opinion writing in Cincinnati. Over time, Opine Season will broaden public conversation, boost civic engagement and help rewrite the narrative of this city.
What happens to a place when it is rebuilt on newness and the tingle of excitement that comes from “revitalization” and “renovation” and “urbanization”? The lasting qualities of OTR come from its roots, I believe, and honoring them. And to be frank, I’m a bit worried we’re forgetting them.
The tattoo artists I’d met—men and women—were covered head to toe in various symbols and colors, sometimes pierced, sometimes not, but always unfriendly. Then I met James, owner of Asylum Tattoo.
Painters take ideas from other painters, designers take ideas from other designers and DJs take ideas from other DJs. It’s the nature of the creative field.
The LumenoCity of 2015 won’t be the LumenoCity of 2013, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra should leave LumenoCity as a wonderful memory until it can accommodate all from the neighborhood who want to be there.
Open Engagement 2015 allowed me to see, in real time, what this world can be when people are open to working together, putting aside their subjective perspectives to reach a common goal—positive inclusive change within their communities.
My concern is what technological advancements mean for our children in this do-everything, have-everything culture. Children will get life satisfaction, as we all do, when we find that our abilities match whatever our tasks demand, without the intermediary of technology.