Enquirer Building Conversion Continues; A Different Perspective

Cincinnati Enquirer Building. Photo by Greg Hume

By now, the plan to convert the 90-year-old Cincinnati Enquirer Building into a 249-room Hampton/Homewood dual flag is progressing well.

Most of us are familiar with the front façade of the 14-story building and all its dressings.  Serving as the fictional offices of WKRP in Cincinnati, it made a national appearance weekly in the late-1970’s and early-1980’s.  Recently, PE preserved a few timely views of the rear of the building during one of our CBD: Off The Beaten Path treks. (See one here.)  Here’s a side of the building which is easily accessible but which most of us have probably never seen. Read more of this post

Fourth and Race apartments to alter Cincinnati skyline

Look closely to the left of the Carew Tower, behind 312 Plum and in front of the Hyatt.  You can see we’ve dropped in a generic tower to give an idea of how Fourth and Race will change the skyline.

While not a major addition to the skyline from this angle it will do wonders for the vibrancy of West Fourth Street along with the approval of tax credits for a planned Marriott Renaissance to occupy the Bartlett Building.  Crestview Hills, Kentucky based Columbia-Sussex will oversee the conversion of Bartlett.

4th and Race Rendering by Particularly Everything

4th and Race Rendering by Particularly Everything

UrbanOhio.com forumer jmicha also contributed these drawings:

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PE recently documented the current site.

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Deen controversy offers lessons in crisis PR

Paula Deen
The Paula Deen controversy is a study in crisis management public relations and communications.  What are the lessons to be learned?  Crisis management is complicated and typically a Monday-morning-quarterback’s sport.  But here are a few rules that can shed some light.
 
Rule #1: Anticipate.
 
In Deen’s case the reality of the situation was that the smoke lead to fire.  Given this, the first rule of crisis management to “be out in front of the situation” became all the more important. 

 

21c Takes Swilling in Style to New Heights

21c Rooftop Bar - June, 2013
The staff here at PE rarely gets a night free so sometimes we are behind the curve.  But recently we seized the opportunity and decided to do a late-night check of the somewhat new 21c Rooftop Bar.  Having enjoyed some of NYC’s best rooftops we were anxious to see what was offered.

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USquare, University of Cincinnati in 2005

These photos were never really intended for publishing, just for our own documentation purposes here at PE.  We presumed they would provide a nice record of regress/progress in the neighborhood should we have one of our common fits of nostalgia years later.  They do.

EDIT:  With the opening of USquare @ The Loop in August, 2013, these photographs become even more remarkable.
University of Cincinnati, Calhoun & McMillan

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