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Calling all Foodies - The Senate and Camp Washington Chili are Honored

by The Cincinnati Team

Food Recognized in Cincinnati                                                      

Best Hot Dogs in America - The Senate in Over the Rhine has been recognized once again for their hot dogs. Chef Daniel Wright has received many national accolades for his playful takes on pub food, including a regularly changing menu of hot dogs like the Croque Madame (Black Forest ham, poached egg, bechamel) and the Lindsey Lohan (goat cheese, caramelized onion, balsamic vinegar, bacon and arugula).  Very popular with visitors to the area, plan to come early and explore the area shops while waiting!

Top 20 Iconic Food Destinations Across America Smithsonian Magazine's website has declared the Queen City's Camp Washington Chili to be one of the 20 most iconic food destinations across America."  The landmark at the corner of Hopple Street and Colerain Avenue has been open since 1940.  It also won a James Beard Award in 2000 for being an American regional classic.  The restaurant still grinds their own beef and shreds the cheese for its chili.  Yet another reason to wolf down a Cincinnati chili five-way!

Library is "Busiest Central Library in US"...Again

by The Cincinnati Team

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Again Busiest Central Library in US

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton CountyAccording to the Public Library Data Service report published by the Public Library Association, the Main Library in downtown Cincinnati was ranked the busiest central library in the United States for the second year in a row.  They loaned 6.6 million materials in 2012, accounting for 38% of the materials loaned by the entire system.  

The entire system ranked seventh busiest in the US and second busiest in Ohio.  The 41 branches loaned out more than 17 million materials.  Additionally, the system has the highest number of items circulating per capita among libraries serving a population of 800,000 or more...nearly 22 items were loaned to every person in Hamilton County.

"Best Bang for your Buck" List Names University of Cincinnati # 1

by The Cincinnati Team

University of Cincinnati Named Number 1 on "Best Bang for Your Buck" List 

Santa Ono, President of the University of Cincinnati, is justifiably proud of their ranking as Number 1 in the list recently published of the 12 universities where students get the "Best Bang for Their Buck"  The list looked at average student debt upon graduation, starting salaries, tuition and room and board, six-year graduation rates, and the percentage of students that qualify for Pell grants.

Why are they looking at this information?  Based upon the plans developed by President Obama for a collegiate ranking system, distribution of federal education funds will be dependent upon how well universities do in this ranking.  The hope is that this rating system will help control sharp tuition increases.

UC was noted for offering a good return on investment with high graduation rates and decent starting salaries upon graduation.

Green Food in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

Green Food news for Cincinnati                                                    

Veg News' has listed Cincinnati as one of its "5 Surprising Veg-Friendly Cities in an article by Samuel Hartman of Louisville.  One of those reasons was Park and Vine in downtown Cincinnati.  Their emphasis is on "veganism, sustainability and good food down pat," he noted.  He also recognized Loving Hut in Pleasant Ridge, Melt Electric Deli in Northside, Myra's Dionysus in Clifton Heights and Shanghai Mama's downtown.  Other cities mentioned in the 5 named are Anchorage, Alaska; Kansas City, Missouri; Detroit, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Base Camp Cafe - Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Green Restaurant Association has designated the Base Camp Cafe at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens as the greenest restaurant in the country.  It is one of only 15 restaurants across the nation to receive the highest rating by the organization.  The restaurant opened this year after being remodeled and retrofit.  One quarter of its power comes from the Zoo's solar electricity array.  These improvements are expected to save the restaurant $10,000 per year.

Other programs within the restaurant that add to its designation include composting of food waste, full recycling program, energy saving kitchen equipment, and the amount of locally grown foods.  The Base Camp offers grass-fed burgers, made-to order salads, and a healthy kids' menu.

Smartest Cities List Includes Oxford, Ohio

by The Cincinnati Team

Oxford, Ohio Named to Smartest Cities List                   Miami University Alumni Hall

Lumosity.com has named Oxford, Ohio to its list of the 50 smartest places in the United States.  When analyzing 1,309 U.S. cities, Oxford finished as the 16th smartest. Interestingly, the other top cities include many other university towns, Stanford, CA. came in number one, Princeton, N.J. number 2, Storr, CT (University of Connecticut home) at Number 3 and Cambridge, Mass. at Number 5.

Luminosity.com is the website for Lumos Labs, a cognitive training and neuroscience research site in San Francisco.  In order to determine the rankings, more than 3.3 million people between the ages of 15 and 85 took part in five training exercises on their website.  Categories were speed, attention, flexibility, memory and problem solving.  They then averaged the brain score among residents of each city.

Cincinnati Parks are In the News

by The Cincinnati Team
Cincinnati Parks Receive Numerous Awards                                             

 

Washington Park Selected a "Frontline Park" by City Parks Alliance

 

City Parks Alliance chooses a Frontline Park in order to promote urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship across the country.  It shows examples of parks that have faced challenges from shrinking municipal budgets, land use pressures and urban neighborhood decay.

Sprayground at Washington ParkThe activities around the park, including footpaths, wading pools, bandstand, and dog park, attract both those interested in the cultural offerings and neighborhood residents.  As part of the renaissance of Over the Rhine, Washington Park is key to the turnaround of the entire area.

Be sure to visit often...there are activities every night from salsa dancing to blues to jazz.

 

 

Dwell Magazine Honors Ault Park as one of World's Best Public Spaces

Dwell Magazine looked for the best public places to linger, people watch and take in nature's bounty. They have chosen everything from sculpture parks to urban plazas and now they have chosen Ault Park.  Long loved by residents of  the city, May and Levi Ault donated the park land to the City of Cincinnati in 1911.  It is our fourth largest park.  Offerings include a soccer field, playground, huge flower gardens where you can have a plot and the central pavilion.  

Go there on a star-filled night, bring a blanket and enjoy identifying the constellations or add it to next year's Fourth of July calendar, now.  You may want to go enjoy Summer Sips Vodka Tasting and dance to the music of Lagniappe on July 12th, too.

Smale Riverfront Park Receives 2013 Park Design Award

The National Recreation and Park Associations "Facility of Park Design Award"  was given to Smale Riverfront Park this year.  They look for a city that manages an innovative park that is serving as a model to others.  The award promotes parks that look at recreation usage in unique, innovative and creative ways.  Smale Park was honored for its exceptional service to the values of parks and recreation. Its inclusiveness and responsiveness to the needs of the community wer particularly important.

Enjoy just walking along the riverfront this summer, rent a bike and go all the way to Theodore Berry International Friendship Park and read the story of the Black Brigade on the 20 foot long sculpture. There's more to come with a carousel and children's playground on the way.

Cincinnati, a Smartest City

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Named One of America's Smartest Cities                                

Movoto, an internet company providing a wide array of information and research services, designated Cincinnati to its list of "10 Smartest Cities in America."  They analyzed data from the 100 most populous cities in the country and ranked them on the following criteria:

  • Universities and colleges per person - The focus on education and exploration acts as an incubator of knowledge for the area.
  • Libraries per person - By giving residents an opportunity to borrow free media, all people have access to knowledge. Cincinnati came in second in this category.
  • Education level - They believe that a higher percentage of residents with an advanced degree demonstrated a higher willingness to learn.
  • Media per person (newspapers, TV, radio, magazines) - People are able to continually educate themselves.
  • Museums per person - Museums are academic institutions that educate the public.
  • Public School Rank - Cities with strong school systems better prepare children for the future.

Cincinnati Ranked High by American Fitness Index

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Among Fittest Metro Areas                          girl running in Park

According to an analysis of the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the nation, Cincinnati was ranked 13th most healthy and fittest city in the US.  The American College of Sports Medicine released its American Fitness Index based upon a number of health behaviors.  

Analyzed were issues such as smoking, exercise, obesity rates, chronic health problems and access to health care.  These behaviors were linked up with environmental factors such as availability of parks, recreational facilities, walking trails, and farmer's markets.

Minneapolis, ranked number one, spends double the money on parks per capita as some other cities.  When asked how cities can improve their rankings, Walt Thompson, chairman of the advisory board that created the index suggested smoking bans not only in buildings, but in all public places such as parks and outdoor eating areas of restaurants.  Additionally, he recommended required physical education for kids through high school.

Urbanspoon's Outstanding Restaurants in Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

Local Restaurants Take Honors                                            

Urbanspoon released its list of top restaurants in Cincinnati.   The crowdsourcing restaurant review site regularly produces a list of 200 nationally popular restaurants.  Included this year are Terry's Turf Club, Nada, Adriatico's Pizza, A.Tavola, Bakersfield, Senate, and Taste of Belgium.

Travel and Leisure Magazine also listed Jeff Ruby's Precinct restaurant among the "Best Steakhouses in the U.S."  They were lauded for their location in a former police patrol house and for their popularity with local sports stars and visiting celebrities. 

Innovation Improves Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati Named Top "Unexpected Place for Innovation"

Cincinnati was listed in the "Ten Most Unexpected Cities for High-Tech Innovation" list by Techie.com.  Dan Blacharski, editor-in-chief, called the city "the perfect destination with low cost of living, excellent infrastructure and an abundance of talent."  They also indicated that they would expect the high-technology sector to grow because the city employers including P&G, Kroger, Macy's and others encourage innovators to take advantage of the city's resources and culture.

Other cities named to the list were: Chattanooga, Detroit, Des Moines, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Portland, Rochester and South Bend.

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