Leyla Shokoohe

In the name of renewal, is OTR losing its sense of place?

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.

Jessica Evans

At Asylum Tattoo, people also leave with new impressions beneath the skin

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.

Pinnacle the Hustler

Are you biting? Or am I influencing? Ask Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke

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.

Matt Peiken

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is misreading the score of LumenoCity’s popularity

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.

Jai Birdie Faye

There’s a difference between serving and saving your community

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.

Beverly Jones

No waiting, no thinking, no doing, no thank you

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.