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Downtown Cincinnati highlights and its great mural project

This view of downtown is from the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park; underneath Cincinnati is the largest abandoned subway system in the US; it was built in the early 1900s, but the project was abandoned due to rising costs

This view of downtown is from the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park; underneath Cincinnati is the largest abandoned subway system in the US; it was built in the early 1900s, but the project was abandoned due to rising costs

Fountain Square has been the symbolic center of the city since 1871 with the bronze, allegorical fountain entitled the Genius of Water; if you're old enough to remember the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati, the Square features in the opening credits

Fountain Square has been the symbolic center of the city since 1871 with the bronze, allegorical fountain entitled the Genius of Water; if you're old enough to remember the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati, the Square features in the opening credits

This mural, entitled Faces of Homelessness, seeks to breakdown stereotypes around who experiences homelessness and the reasons why; the city is named for Roman statesman Lucius Cincinnatus who was born around 519 BC

This mural, entitled Faces of Homelessness, seeks to breakdown stereotypes around who experiences homelessness and the reasons why; the city is named for Roman statesman Lucius Cincinnatus who was born around 519 BC

When opened on December 1, 1866, the John A. Roebling Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 ft, which was later overtaken by Roebling's more famous design of the 1883 Brooklyn Bridge (1,595.5 ft)

When opened on December 1, 1866, the John A. Roebling Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 ft, which was later overtaken by Roebling's more famous design of the 1883 Brooklyn Bridge (1,595.5 ft)

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, established in 2004, was closed when I visited due to a ransomware attack; it recognizes the significant role of the city, as thousands of slaves escaped slavery in the South by crossing the Ohio River

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, established in 2004, was closed when I visited due to a ransomware attack; it recognizes the significant role of the city, as thousands of slaves escaped slavery in the South by crossing the Ohio River

The Cincinnati Red Stockings, now shortened to the Reds, fielded the first known professional baseball team in 1869; the team now plays at Great American Ball Park which also houses the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

The Cincinnati Red Stockings, now shortened to the Reds, fielded the first known professional baseball team in 1869; the team now plays at Great American Ball Park which also houses the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

This mural depicts Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who lived out her final days at the Cincinnati Zoo, and her old flock; despite efforts to save what was once the most numerous bird species in America, Martha died in 1914

This mural depicts Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who lived out her final days at the Cincinnati Zoo, and her old flock; despite efforts to save what was once the most numerous bird species in America, Martha died in 1914

The largest US grocery store chain with almost 3000 locations and 500,000 employees, Kroger, was founded here in 1883; in the 1970s, Kroger became the first store to introduce electronic scanning and has grown largely by buying up the competition

The largest US grocery store chain with almost 3000 locations and 500,000 employees, Kroger, was founded here in 1883; in the 1970s, Kroger became the first store to introduce electronic scanning and has grown largely by buying up the competition

This mural celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Scripp's National Spelling Bee which, although held in Washington DC, is run as a non-profit based in Cincinnati; 150  murals now adorn Cincinnati buildings

This mural celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Scripp's National Spelling Bee which, although held in Washington DC, is run as a non-profit based in Cincinnati; 150+ murals now adorn Cincinnati buildings

One of the most interesting and unique tourist sights in Cincinnati is the American Sign Museum; 200  signs are displayed accompanied by extensive narrative about the evolution of signs and the accompanying change in use of technology

One of the most interesting and unique tourist sights in Cincinnati is the American Sign Museum; 200+ signs are displayed accompanied by extensive narrative about the evolution of signs and the accompanying change in use of technology

Visionary Reality Threshold, Saya Woolfalk, 2019; the typical local breakfast is called goetta (I'd never heard of it), brought to the city by German settlers, that consists of sausage, oats, and spices

Visionary Reality Threshold, Saya Woolfalk, 2019; the typical local breakfast is called goetta (I'd never heard of it), brought to the city by German settlers, that consists of sausage, oats, and spices

The 49-story Carew Tower was the tallest building in Cincinnati from 1931 to 2010 when it was surpassed by the Great American Tower; it has an observation deck with great city views but was closed when I visited due to the pandemic

The 49-story Carew Tower was the tallest building in Cincinnati from 1931 to 2010 when it was surpassed by the Great American Tower; it has an observation deck with great city views but was closed when I visited due to the pandemic

The naming rights to the light rail system were bought by Cincinnati Bell so it's called the Bell Connector; despite opposition from then-Governor Kasich and city council, local voters have repeatedly supported this mass transit program and its expansion

The naming rights to the light rail system were bought by Cincinnati Bell so it's called the Bell Connector; despite opposition from then-Governor Kasich and city council, local voters have repeatedly supported this mass transit program and its expansion

The Beaux-Arts Hamilton County Memorial Building was built in 1908, as a memorial to the military of the city and county; it hosts 300  concerts, film screenings and stage productions each year thanks to its 556-seat theater which has exceptional acoustics

The Beaux-Arts Hamilton County Memorial Building was built in 1908, as a memorial to the military of the city and county; it hosts 300+ concerts, film screenings and stage productions each year thanks to its 556-seat theater which has exceptional acoustics

Homage to Cincinnatus, completed in 1983, predates the current city mural program but contributed to the public's support for expanding the mural project; ArtWorks has a helpful map with locations for all city murals

Homage to Cincinnatus, completed in 1983, predates the current city mural program but contributed to the public's support for expanding the mural project; ArtWorks has a helpful map with locations for all city murals

The former Cincinnati Union Terminal is now the Museum Center, comprising the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History   Science, and Children's Museum; the ransomware attack had this sight closed when I visited

The former Cincinnati Union Terminal is now the Museum Center, comprising the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History + Science, and Children's Museum; the ransomware attack had this sight closed when I visited

This creative mural is entitled Homecoming (Blue Birds) by Charley Harper, one of Cincinnati’s most accomplished and celebrated artists; Harper studied and taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati

This creative mural is entitled Homecoming (Blue Birds) by Charley Harper, one of Cincinnati’s most accomplished and celebrated artists; Harper studied and taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati

The NFL's Cincinnati Bengals play in Paul Brown Stadium, named after the team's founder; it is one of three stadiums in the NFL not named after a corporate sponsor, the others being Lambeau Field (Packers) and Soldier Field (Bears)

The NFL's Cincinnati Bengals play in Paul Brown Stadium, named after the team's founder; it is one of three stadiums in the NFL not named after a corporate sponsor, the others being Lambeau Field (Packers) and Soldier Field (Bears)

One of the tallest murals in Cincinnati is known as 'Energy and Grace' and features an original piece of work created by a professor at ArtWorks (the non-profit behind the mural project) – native Cincinnatian and well-known abstract artist Kim Krause

One of the tallest murals in Cincinnati is known as 'Energy and Grace' and features an original piece of work created by a professor at ArtWorks (the non-profit behind the mural project) – native Cincinnatian and well-known abstract artist Kim Krause

The Cincinnati Music Hall, built in 1878 and home for the city ballet, symphony orchestra, and opera, was my favorite building here; Music Hall was built over a pauper's cemetery, which has helped fuel its reputation as one of America's most haunted places

The Cincinnati Music Hall, built in 1878 and home for the city ballet, symphony orchestra, and opera, was my favorite building here; Music Hall was built over a pauper's cemetery, which has helped fuel its reputation as one of America's most haunted places

A mythological music muse dominates this mural as the notes to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man (written for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and originally performed at Music Hall in 1942) fly off the page

A mythological music muse dominates this mural as the notes to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man (written for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and originally performed at Music Hall in 1942) fly off the page

The School for Creative and Performing Arts, founded in 1973, was the first public school in the country to combine a full range of arts studies with a complete college-preparatory academic program for students in grades 1-12

The School for Creative and Performing Arts, founded in 1973, was the first public school in the country to combine a full range of arts studies with a complete college-preparatory academic program for students in grades 1-12

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