A New Uptown
There have been discussions around the web about the changes of Uptown Cincinnati. Clifton Heights and Corryville in particular have seen the construction of what’s been referred to as “transformative projects”.
Yesterday I obtained some home recordings of WOXY.com (wiki) 97x recordings from May of 2004, Cincinnati’s independent FM radio station from 1983-2004, and online-only from 2004-2010. A trip down memory lane for sure. Remember Jem? Franz Ferdinand? The Streets? Anyway, I was compelled to take a bike ride and photograph anything that put a time-stamp on 2013.
I didn’t live in Uptown until 2011, but the early 2000s alt-rock hits got me thinking about life in Uptown back in 2004. The revitalization of downtown, or the process of such was still in its infancy and Uptown had more wrecking balls than ground breakings. The Cincinnati Monocle posted some photo’s of Uptown from 2003 here.
About two weeks ago I was walking around and started chatting with a landscaper who grew up in uptown. He asked me if that sandwich shop was still up on McMillan. There are so many now so I asked him to be more specific. Eventually he recalled it, Acropolis Chili. Demolished in 2004. Can you believe it? Someone in 2013 asked me if Acropolis Chile still existed.
Brings me to my next point, local businesses. There aren’t as many as I had hoped with the new construction. A hair salon here and there, Currito, Adriaticos Pizza, a few long-standing, but the majority of businesses in the new development have been national chains. There are still many, many storefronts to fill. It’ll be interesting to see what comes and goes in the future.
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