Discovering Cincinnati Ohio / by Derek Neuland

Chiquita Building Fountain Almost two years ago, I started spending a lot of time in Cincinnati, Ohio. I was spending so much time here that I decided to move to the area. While it is different than my hometown, it shares a lot of the same qualities that I love in Buffalo, NY. It has a lot of history, a lot of old buildings, passionate sports fans, and many great places to wander around and take photos.

Davis Furniture Cincinnati

Over the Rhine then and now

Cincinnati Queen City poem

Previous to moving to Cincinnati, my only experience with attending baseball games had been Buffalo's minor league team, the Buffalo Bisons. After attending my first Cincinnati Reds game at Great American Ballpark, I fell in love with the sport all over again.  Even when the team isn't playing their best, the sights and sounds in the stands and on the field are overwhelming.  I used to only look forward to autumn due to the beginning of hockey season, but now I look forward to the spring every year so I can see the Reds take the field again.

Cincinnati Reds Great American Ballpark

Cincinnati Reds Great American Ballpark panorama

While wandering the streets of Cincinnati, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of murals and street art I came across.  Two of my favorite pieces thus far are the Shepard Fairey wheatpaste on the side of Arnold's, and the giant Charles Harper mural of two birds on Walnut.

Shepard Fairey Cincinnati

Charles Harper mural Cincinnati

Pete Rose head first street art

Cincinnati might not be the biggest city or have the best restaurants or have the best sports teams, but it feels like home to me.  I don't know if I'll live here forever, but for now I am loving every minute of it.  Whether it's eating a delicious pretzel from Servatii, cheering on the Cincinnati Cyclones, or watching fireworks over the Ohio River, I am happy to be here.

This is OTR puddle

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge