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Dr. Know: Fashion by the New York Times, City Hall Crosses, and Central Cincinnati

My mother says that during the 1970s, The New York Times operated a chain of clothing stores in Cincinnati. Newspapers were once big and diversified, I know, but this seems really wrong. Should I...

Dr. Know: Masonic Calendars, Commercial Breaks, and a Zip’s Scandal

I was walking past the Cincinnati Masonic Center on East Fifth Street and saw that its cornerstone says “A.L. 5926.” What is A.L.? And when was 5926?

Remembering When “Fake News” Was Fun

The uncensored story of Plummet Mall

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 Know: The Roebling’s Hums, Outdated Signs, and Hidden Memorials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