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*In 2010, there have been 622 gun-involved crimes in Cincinnati, resulting in 167 people being shot. That’s 10 more than were hurt or killed by this point last year, and city leaders say a spate of freezing days in February kept that month relatively quiet compared to years past.

“I don’t understand the thinking,” Powers said after court. “It seems like any more the way to resolve a dispute is you get a gun and shoot somebody. That needs to change.”*

I discovered this rotting out sign recently, while driving downtown in the crime-ridden area of Over The Rhine. Much has been done to revamp this desolate part of town. Areas of it are being refurbished in hopes of a renaissance. When I was a little girl, it was a treat to get all dressed up in your Sunday best and enjoy an afternoon strolling, shopping and dining in our beloved city central, downtown Cincinnati. Today, the streets are teeming with an odd mix of businessmen and women in their suits and briefcases alongside vagrants who while away their days on front stoops, park benches, anywhere they can find a place to gather and go about their form of business. I am proud to have grown up in this beautiful city, yet so sad to see what’s become of it through the years. I applaud the efforts to better our community, to safeguard our citizens and find some way out of the chaos. I consider myself lucky in that my family and I live in peaceful neighborhoods, far from the explosive sounds of gunshots and sirens, death and mayhem. But crime can happen anywhere… at anytime… we must be aware, smart and never become lulled in to thinking we are immune.

I captured this image while sitting in my car. I was afraid to get out in order to get a clearer image that wouldn’t have the windshield between me and it, because the man who kept wandering in and out of this building (at first I thought it was a garage or a storage area, but it is apparently his home, thus his homemade sign) glared at me repeatedly. So I took 2 pictures and split. I commend this one little man with his rundown junkyard looking home for offering up a ray of hope in the form of a powerful suggestion…

The world is full of magical photo ops…

All you need to grab them is a zest for life, an eye for the extraordinary and that trusty camera of your choice.

Raise the sturdy weight of it to your face … close one eye then … lower your finger upon the shiny black button… hold your breath then… hear that hypnotic click and suddenly, dynamite explodes! the stars collide! and maybe, just maybe you’ve captured a magnificent moment in time… How thrilling is that?!?

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  • 8upchef
    8upchefover 4 years ago

    Great Shot! Hard hitting! In the 80’s as a UC DAAP student I delivered Pizzas in the Over The Rhine District. On foot no less. It was a time that marked the beginning to an end for that area. I used to marvel at the architecture. Even the homes that weren’t being kept up at that time were beautifully designed. I drove through last year, after a Brunch Cruise. Took all the city streets up into Clifton and showed my kids where I used to work and hang out. It was tough seeing Cincy in this light.
    I feel some writing coming on! Much Love, Larry

  • Hi Larry,
    Wow! Thank you for your incredibly thoughtful, wonderful comment!!! Amazing how times have sadly changed. There are still so many marvelous architectural wonders downtown. I hope to go through it this summer and try to capture some of its immense character. Unfortunately, it will probably require an escort…
    I hope I sent your pen (or keyboard) in to creative action!
    All my best,

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • dcw289
    dcw289over 4 years ago

    Great shot…sad scene. Love, DW

  • Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment!

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • starikarp
    starikarpover 4 years ago

    sad…very sad…well done!

  • Thank you so much for your very thoughtful comment!

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    Good photojournalism..and an excellent photo!

  • Thank you so very much for your dynamite comment and sweet favorite!!! :)

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • dasSuiGeneris
    dasSuiGenerisover 4 years ago

    Nice work. It is sad about Over The Rhine, for I have heard many nice stories of it from folks who remember it “pre-takeover”. I used to drive a truck from Clifton at the top of Vine down to the Carew Tower once a week. After a while of doing this, I could see how the police could so easily turn a blind eye to some of the activity taking place in Over The Rhine. There are many beautiful buildings in that neighborhood, a lot of them from the times of Cincy’s inception. I would love to explore this particular area on foot, but it just doesn’t seem safe. I haven’t been back in a few years, so I hope that it is getting better down there. Sorry for the long comment, feel free to delete.

  • Please do not apologize for leaving an extremely thoughtful and thought-provoking comment. I really appreciate your input. Much has been done to try to salvage Over-The-Rhine from decades of slow ruin, but there is still a long way to go. Parts of it are thriving, but still the majority is run down and largely unsafe. I, too, recall a time when I was a child (30+ years ago) when it was unheard of not to dress up to visit downtown. Now anything goes, I suppose, Sad. Those beautiful buildings you mentioned are all still there. Just in need of some major TLC…Hopefully, one day, it can regain its former grace and dignity…

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • KreddibleTrout
    KreddibleTroutabout 4 years ago

    I have to say that a lot the business going on in those suits you speak of might be just as criminal.
    fantastic shot.

  • Ah, yes. Thanks for your very thoughtful comment.

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

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