People love parks, so why do politicians balk at funding them?. Cincinnatians are fortunate to have one of the nation’s best park systems. But as we are finding out more and more in the era of tightening budgets, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find funding for public pools, dog parks, maintenance and other general [...] . . . → Read More: UrbanCincy: People love parks, so why do politicians balk at funding them?
The Best Open Data Releases of 2012. The year 2012 is over. But it’s important to occasionally look back and see what we did well, and not so well, as a society over the last 12 months. One particular item that has become increasingly more significant in planning our cities is open data. From tracking crime in [...] . . . → Read More: UrbanCincy: The Best Open Data Releases of 2012
The people want the parks, and lots of ‘em. In no surprise to anyone, it turns out that people like to live near parks and that they want lots of parks from which to choose. Well then, which cities invest the most and have the best park options for their current and potential residents? Not [...] . . . → Read More: UrbanCincy: The people want the parks, and lots of ‘em
Will Philly learn from Cincinnati’s urban casino experience?. Like Cincinnati, Philadelphia is struggling with what to do with a proposed casino in its center city. Concerns include potential crime, urban design, historical context, and a worry about such a large area of the urban environment being owned and controlled by one entity. More from Next [...] . . . → Read More: UrbanCincy: Will Philly learn from Cincinnati’s urban casino experience?
The Brooklyn-based designer Aymie Spitzer has created Neighborwoods, a series of maps that are drawn by hand and then laser-engraved into unfinished aromatic cedar. Here are Brooklyn, Philadelphia, London, Barcelona, and Paris. Check out Neighbor… . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Neighborwoods by Aymie Spitzer
More cities looking to roll the dice on urban casinos. As Cincinnati moves forward with its new casino in Pendleton, Chicagoans are dealing with a political setback that is preventing a casino from operating in Illinois’ biggest city. While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) supports the idea, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) is concerned expanded [...] . . . → Read More: UrbanCincy: More cities looking to roll the dice on urban casinos
Brooklyn-based Pop Chart Lab is a collaboration between a book editor and a graphic designer whose goal is “to render all of human experience in chart form.” No big, right? Shown here, The Magnificent Map of Rap Names features 636 rap names screenprinted with gold ink on 39″x27″ black paper. It’s not a map in [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: The Magnificent Map of Rap Names by Pop Chart Lab
The exhibition I organized at Visionaries & Voices, Autocomplete: A Collaborative Coloring Book Exhibit is on view in the V&V Gallery through the end of June, and the catalog is now available for purchase online. Printed in a limited edition of 200 copies, each catalog cover is unique, made out of a chunky chipboard that’s [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Autocomplete Exhibition Catalog by VisuaLingual
Philadelphia-born, Chicago-based designer Mike McQuade initiated the ongoing Area Code Project — a series of posters celebrating various area codes. Thanks to Ludacris for introducing this topic in a most appropriately cheesy way! The project’s About page discusses the importance of area codes, and the nuanced meanings that are embedded in them. It’s interesting to [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Area Code Project by Mike McQuade
Philadelphia-born, NYC-based Stephen Powers, a.k.a. ESPO, recently painted these typographic murals in Brooklyn as part of his Love Letter series, which started in Philadelphia and continued in Syracuse. Above, Fulton Mall. Below, a Macy’s parking garage: In case you’re not familiar, Powers is a former graffiti artist whose work has “grown up” over the years [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Love Letter to Brooklyn by Stephen Powers
Holiday Gift Guide: Goody Two-Shoes: our seed bombs in Foam Magazine. Vine Street Circa 1973: courtesy of Fuck Yeah Cincinnati. Mercer Commons Design Gets Thumbs Down: the struggle to add appropriate infill to the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati. What’s Your State Good at?: Ohio “currently ranks first in the production of Swiss cheese.” Who [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Elsewhere
Avondale Pride: check out the process behind this new Cincinnati mural by our good friend and talented painter Cedric Michael Cox. Youngstown: 5chw4r7z shares photos of his hometown. Emergency Architecture: Occupy Caracas: life in a high-rise squat. Flowers of War: Seed Bombing Gets Political: urban gardening in Brighton & Hove. High Line Inspires Philly: Philadelphia [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Elsewhere
Philadelphia-educated, Brooklyn-based illustrator Jim Datz has a really charming style that hearkens back to the whimsy of mid-20th century Modernism with its happy colors, intricate line work, and hand-drawn letterforms. Above and below, some assorted tidbits from Datz’s varied portfolio: I first became aware of Jim’s work when I came across his Brooklyn poster. I [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Illustrations by Jim Datz
The Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield, OH was a completely accidental find for us on a recent outing, and I’m so glad we came across this labor of love. The project dates back to 1932, when H. G. “Ben” Hartman was laid off from his job and started filling his garden with structures and figurines [...] . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield, OH