Written by Dani and Andrew Livelsberger
Photography by Andrew Livelsberger
Background:The revitalization of Cincinnati's Over The Rhine area abounds with must see street artworks.
Impression:If you do any internet searches on the Over The Rhine area of Cincinnati, you may be surprised by what you read. Just a few years ago, it was one of the most densely populated city areas in the country. Articles about the crime rates were the norm.
Through many efforts by the city, community organizations, and enduring residence, the Over The Rhine area has come a long way. Vine Street is now bustling with retail gems, barber shops, and culinary delights.
This area has changed. It has changed a lot. While I would never presume to say that any area is crime free or any inner city area is 100% safe, you can definitely tell that this area has made huge strides to reduce crime and blight.
If you are around the Vine and 12th Street area, you are close to Washington Park and the Cincinnati Music Hall.
Findlay Market, having its own storied history, is within walking distance of the hustle and bustle of Vine and 13th.
While the renovations and legacy architecture stand out to you, what popped out at us more so than anything else is the mural and street art you see almost everywhere.
Having worked professionally with some local Columbus mural projects, we have a decent idea of what it takes to pull these projects together. We also understand the pride, beauty and hope that these artworks provide to the community. This is not only for those from the neighborhood, but is an excellent draw for those coming into the area for the first time or frequent visitors.
Art like this makes people want to walk around and discover it, thus giving business more potential for walk by traffic.
Art on display is not of one type either. Various artists and styles are employed. You also have commissioned work as well as what appears to be graffiti-type work on vinyl.
This level of artwork is incredible and we feel, improves the panache and draw to the area.
We are looking forward to returning to this area to do some in depth about this great community. Keep checking back or subscribe to our RSS feed to stay in the loop!