1. East End Cincinnati


  2. postgraphics:

    Reimagining Union Station: An ambitious plan aims to dig under and build over the gap to turn the station into a modern, urban hub.

    (via washingtonpost)


  3. mallhistories:

    In March 1935, the sky went dark over Washington, DC as a dust storm from the midwest blanketed the city. As this offshoot of the Dust Bowl moved over the nation’s capitol, Hugh Bennett, head of the Soil Erosion Service in the Department of Agriculture, was testifying before Congress about the urgent need for money and programs to combat the Dust Bowl. As he spoke, the air became heavy with grit. People swarmed out of government buildings and onto the Mall to watch the sky. The black blizzard brought home the need for action. One month later Congress voted permanent funding for an independent Soil Conservation Service.

    Learn more at Histories of the National Mall.

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  4. This track was recorded as part of Cincinnati Dronescape, a project featuring a number of Cincinnati musicians who composed music to accompany ambient sounds recorded in various locations around the city. My track was recorded near Cincinnati’s Union Terminal in the West End.

    Beginning in 1959, urban renewal programs and the construction of I-75 demolished as many as 1,000 structures and displaced between 20,000 to 30,000 residents from the historically black West End, which the city called Kenyon-Barr. Today, fewer than 6,500 people live there, mostly in the northern part of the neighborhood. Many of the neighborhood’s former residents were relocated to Avondale, Corryville, and Over-the-Rhine.

    These photos were taken in Cincinnati’s West End and combined with archival photographs taken by the city just prior to demolition of buildings that once occupied the locations. These archival photographs not only show what the neighborhood looked like before demolition, they capture sometimes-intense interactions between the city employee posing with an indexing sign and neighborhood residents

    747 West Court Street
    A. 747 West Court Street

    1057 Clark Street
    B. 1055-1057 Clark Street

    1049 Dalton Ave.
    C. 1049 Dalton Ave.

    1069 Clark Street
    D.1065 Clark Street

    561 Carlisle
    E. 561 Carlisle

    700 Barr Street
    F. 700-702 Barr Street

    G. 703 Cutter Street

    Click on each address to see the archival photos. Click on the photos to see what these areas look like today. More photos of the West End are here as well.

    Many of the addresses and streets once located in the area have been wiped away, their locations now occupied by highway ramps, vacant fields and nearly-empty industrial parks. However, some parcels from now-non-existent streets or street sections, such as 700 Barr Street, still appear on Google maps, tiny digital remnants of this once-bustling neighborhood.

    The track’s ambient noises encompass the neighborhood’s pre and post urban renewal history. The clanging sound of the rail yards has been a constant in the West End, recalling the trains that brought so many to the neighborhood during the Great Migration. The harsh industrial hum, meanwhile, is a more recent, post-“renewal” addition to the area’s atmosphere.

    West End Cincinnati and the Kenyon Barr District, 1956.

    Though city leaders called the district a dangerous slum, residents at the time have a much more nuanced recollection of the West End, celebrating the neighborhood as a vibrant community. For more, check out West End resident, historian and novelist John Harshaw’s brilliant stories about living in the neighborhood before urban renewal here and read Malcom Lindsay Allen Sr.’s great memoir, 100 or So Boyhood Memories of the Real West Endies.



  6. Fake dead cats. Real actors who are fake interior designers. Lesbian Cops (“They’re lesbians. And they’re cops.”) Sewage in the basement. The foreclosure crisis. The looming specter of gentrification. This feature story about A&E’s Rowhouse Showdown has all that and more, and it’s all true. Even the fake parts.


  7. goodedison:

    There aren’t local, state or federal databases on police shootings:

    The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this project is something I’ll never be able to prove, but I’m convinced to my core: The lack of such a database is intentional. No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why.

    It’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from the evidence. What evidence? In attempting to collect this information, I was lied to and delayed by the FBI, even when I was only trying to find out the addresses of police departments to make public records requests. The government collects millions of bits of data annually about law enforcement in its Uniform Crime Report, but it doesn’t collect information about the most consequential act a law enforcer can do.

    I’ve been lied to and delayed by state, county and local law enforcement agencies—almost every time. They’ve blatantly broken public records laws, and then thumbed their authoritarian noses at the temerity of a citizen asking for information that might embarrass the agency. And these are the people in charge of enforcing the law.


  8. I want linoleum art on my walls #artdeco #cincinnati


  9. datajournalismlinks:

    The ultimate list of Tumblr blogs about data visualization, cartography and data journalism.

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  10. hrtbps:

    More than a decade after Moscow withdrew its forces from Latvia, a crumbling Soviet-era military building is slowly consumed by the Baltic sea near Liepãjasuch.

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