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Dr. Know: The Roebling’s Hums, Outdated Signs, and Hidden Memorials

There was that time in 1922 when a boat caught fire directly beneath the Roebling, making firemen frantically hose down the floor to keep it from igniting. 

The Mt. Adams Retaining Wall Is Almost Done–Finally

The wall is currently getting a faux stone-masonry facing, as well as some tweaks and repairs. Everything should finish up by this summer, finally completing a project that dates back to 1969.

Dr. Know: Adult Theaters, Cartoons, and the Lytle Tunnel

Before moving here, my perception of Cincinnati was of a prudish, stuck-in-the-’50s city. But can you tell me where those adult movie theaters used to be? 

Dr. Know: Construction, Offensive Plaques, and Driving Downtown

Nobody wanted to test the limits of driver patience by suddenly re-routing the re-routing, so that one metal plate across Wasson and Paxton was left behind. Soon, it will be replaced by a drive-over sensor that emits a deafening train whistle.

Dr. Know: Redlegs, Servatii’s, and Downtown’s Mnemonic Devices

Perhaps it is the Cincinnati baseball franchise of which we should ask: “Who dey?” The team's early history featured three different names.

Living in Cin: Secret Videos for Marge Schott

Confession time: I slept with Marge Schott.

Dr. Know: Star-Crossed Corners, Mystery Pitchers, and Vintage Local Movies

Hey, our downtown has made major strides in recent years, so we shouldn’t complain about Macy’s closing. This could be our chance to have a Tiffany’s and Hooters side by side!

A Look Back at Cincinnati’s Evolution – and Trying to Become a Native

It’s been more than 40 years since I was a Cincinnati newbie. I’ve learned much in that time. This is my story.

Dr. Know: Hipster Cities, Scattered Organs, and Breaking News

Cincinnati didn’t even make the Top Ten in most categories, but because we absolutely killed in “Tattoo parlors per 100,000 people,” we were ranked 3rd overall for U.S. Hipster Cities.

Dr. Know: Oyster Crackers, Roads to Nowhere, and Mysterious Slings

Why does Wikipedia give Cincinnati such prominence in oyster crackers?