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Old Posted Apr 8, 2012, 2:14 PM
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Taken over the course of two weekends.

Some Cleveland shots from my neighborhood; this house is available for about $65K (short sale - the house is actually in decent shape but the owner has had some issues):

The social hub of the neighborhood, Lincoln Park.

The former Our Lady of Mercy church on Lincoln Park - likely to redeveloped as residential:

Lemko Hall, once a social hall for the area's Carpatho-Rusyn population, it's now mixed-use with retail on the ground floor and condos on the upper floor. The building famously appeared in the movie 'The Deer Hunter' and was the site of the film's wedding reception:

Newer infill on the left; the former St. Vladimir's church in the background - it's now home to a Latino parish - Iglesia Nueva Jerusalén:

Iglesia Nueva Jerusalén:

New infill in the neighborhood:


Cluster of older brick homes:

More new construction in the area - it sticks out like a sore thumb (maybe in a good way?); at 7,000 sq. feet, it's one of the largest newer homes in the area:

Typical older Tremont home on the left - compare to the new construction on the right:

View from University Road - most homes in the immediate area have rooftop decks specifically to enjoy this view:

The older bridge in the foreground is the Innerbelt bridge, due to be replaced in the future. In the background you can see supports for the new Innerbelt bridge under construction:

Further down University Road, newer infill - these usually sell for around $300K:

Not all of the area is new infill, though:

Some of the infill pays more homage to the historic styles than others:

And then some of it, well...

Looks like someone decided they didn't want to sell to the developer

The area sits on a ridge, so occasionally you'll see this:

These are among the first new developments in the area - Tremont Ridge:

This building suffered a fire and sat boarded up for quite some time - nice to see it rehabbed. Note the leg lamp in the window - 'The Christmas Story' was filmed at many sites in Cleveland, including Tremont. I live within walking distance to the house used in the film for the exterior shots.

Mural on the side of a wine/martini bar:

The small commercial strip at Literary Road and Professor Avenue (the area was once home to a college, thus the street names):

Detail work on St. John Cantius church - built to serve the area's Polish population (I believe they still offer Mass in Polish); the exterior was cleaned a while back - notice the black soot that still remains. The area sits uphill from the industrial valley, many buildings were coated in black soot:

Directly across from St. John Cantius is the Treehouse with its mural espousing Guinness:

With plenty of bars in the area, I imagine they don't have a problem getting membership:

Local development non-profit:

St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox church - another Tremont landmark that was featured in 'The Deer Hunter'.

Someone is obviously a fan:

With a mild winter this year, we've had more flowers blooming a lot earlier than we're used to:

Older wood-frame home on Lincoln Park:

Another historic church on Lincoln Park, built as Emmanuel Evangelical in 1908, now serves a Latino congregation as El Calvario Pentecostal:

As mentioned before, the area sits above the industrial valley, home to one of Arcelor-Mittal's larger plants. Part of it was recently constructed:

And part of the historic plant remains (and in operation, though not at the capacity it once had):

One of the larger historic homes in the neighborhood:

And with that, we move on to Columbus en route to a friend's birthday party in Cincinnati. A pedestrian walkway over the highway:

New construction for the Ohio State University Medical Center:

Part of the downtown Columbus skyline:

On the southern end of downtown, the Miranova condo and office tower:

We stayed with a friend who lives in the German Village neighborhood; such a charming area - lots and lots of brick:

We went to dinner and all of a sudden, tornado sirens were going full blast - fortunately we were spared any damage:

Unfortunately, it was just a quick overnight stay, but I managed to snap a few shots of the area on the way out:

Last photo of Columbus before we head south to Cincinnati:

This is pretty much everything you see for the two hour drive between Columbus and Cincinnati - flat, farms - not my cup of tea:

Yes, yes it is - we're driving through it at the moment

Closer to Cincinnati, a massive bridge replacement project over the Miami River valley:

En route to downtown Cincinnati, there's the stalled Kenwood Town Center office building - hope they get this resolved, it looks like a modern version of Detroit's Michigan Central Station

Wish we had better weather - I always love the shot coming around the bend on I-71 southbound. Cincinnati's new tallest building, Queen City Square is in the distance:

Construction of the new casino on the right:

We stayed at the Cincinnatian, which had this parked out front:

Cincinnati's former tallest, Carew Tower:

And any time I visit Cincinnati, I always stop at the Orchids at Palm Court. Always.

Back outside, the Tyler Davidson fountain, on Fountain Square:

Um, what exactly is going on here?

Carew Tower from Fountain Square - such a handsome art deco tower:

It started to rain a bit, so we ducked into Tower Place - like many inner city shopping centers, this place has had occupancy troubles. Still - it has some redeeming qualities like the Rookwood Pottery tile work:

The former Gidding-Jenny department store, with this huge cartouche - also Rookwood work:

With that, it was time go to the Hyde Park neighborhood, where my friend's birthday party was held:

After a few too many drinks, it was the next morning - not great weather but I managed to get out and get a few shots:

I just think if this building had different proportions, I'd like it a lot more. I'm still not convinced about the 'tiara' on top - I know about Cincinnati's "Queen City" moniker but eh...

Looking south, the landmark Roebling Bridge and the Libeskind-designed Ascent condo tower, located across the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky:

Time to head back home:

The Mount Adams neighborhood on the way out of Cincinnati:

After two-ish hours of driving through flat farmland, this was a sight for sore eyes:

After another two hour drive (of less flat but still rural scenery), this was another sight for sore eyes

Good night from Cleveland!

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Old Posted Apr 8, 2012, 3:15 PM
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Originally Posted by MayDay View Post
More new construction in the area - it sticks out like a sore thumb (maybe in a good way?); at 7,000 sq. feet, it's one of the largest newer homes in the area:

Typical older Tremont home on the left - compare to the new construction on the right:
Wow, it looks totally out of place. And yet I like it thanks to the wooden panels combined with this kind of windows. Makes me think of what you sometimes see in modern luxury hoods of CA. It has that kind of feeling to me who's far away, enjoyable but unexpected in the older Midwest.

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Wicked pictures...got the full Ohio treatment. Still have to make it to Columbus and Cincy though
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Old Posted Apr 8, 2012, 6:14 PM
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Very informative and great photos , I like it
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Old Posted Apr 8, 2012, 7:41 PM
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I really enjoyed this more personal tour of these three cities. I especially liked the little brick neighborhood on Columbus. Thanks!
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Old Posted Apr 8, 2012, 8:55 PM
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The issue with this building is not that it is modern in a historic neighborhood, but that it is much bigger then anything else around it. If the building was just less... wide, then it would fit in much better.

Anyways, great tours of some cities we don't get enough of.
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Some fine Ohio right there. That hotel in Cincinnati is a stunner.
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A most excellent and informative thread. Keep it up.

That wedding scene in The Deer Hunter was one of the best such in American cinema bty the way, much like the Godfather 1' wedding scene. Both were very long and took a long time to shoot. I remember reading that Michael Cimino took two weeks to shoot that scene in The Deer Hunter which had originally been scheduled to be done in a coupla days...
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Quite a menage a trois!
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aah, yes. You hit Tremont and German Village, my favorite neighborhoods in Cleveland and Columbus, and good stuff in Cincinnati. I had no idea Hyde Park existed in Cincinnati, it looks nice. I completely agree about the godawful ride through Ohio farmland, although I have to admit Indiana and Illinois are worse- there is NOTHING between Indianapolis and St. Louis.
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Thank-you, really enjoyed the pictures and the play by play!!
I've read somewhere that Cleveland is a good city for pedestrians, is that true?
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Yeah, the drive on 71 between Cincinnati and Columbus sucks butt. I used to hate that drive when I was kid whenever we had to go see family in Columbus.

Fantastic shots all around.

And if you stand in the right spot looking up at the side of Queen City Square, you not only can't see the tiara, but it almost looks like a decent skyscraper worthy of the title of "Cincinnati's tallest", and not some abomination.
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Quite a menage a trois!
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Great tour! Love the Cincinnati interiors.
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Great photos Mayday! Its truly amazing how different each of the Three C's are. It really makes Ohio such a unique state when it comes to urban areas. Damn you photograph Tremont so much better than I do. I need to get whatever camera you have.
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Shot from I-270 near Broad is a good shot most people can't really take unless in a passenger seat .

Also, that Tremont house...I expected to see something like that in Detroit-Shoreway, not Tremont.
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That new house in Tremont is ridiculous. lol Iv'e seen infill in neighborhoods that is meant to stick out, but I'm not sure if I've ever seen something that differs so greatly in both size and style. I mean, it's like a giant middle finger to the neighborhood. It's not even angled the same way to the street. And yet, I'm appreciate and respect the sheer ballsiness of the individual who had it built. lol
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Looks nice. All these 3 C cities in Ohio have great skylines.
I love the hotel lobby in Cincinnati!
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Enjoyed these thanks! I personally luv cities with a good stock of the art deco sky-scrapers.Told my wife that we had to do a road trip through Ohio sometime.
Three classic ole American cities in one state..As well, there are Ohio's secondary cities like Toledo and Akron to visit at the same time if you can swing it. Anyways, thanks again.
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