Life has just a few milestone moments when we face radical, disrupting change. Otherwise we swim steadily in the “now,” usually unaware of the incremental changes around us. Our city's lifespan can be viewed in a similar fashion.
Summer is one long memory factory. File back through childhood highlights, and many if not most are tied to summer: last day of school, camp, your neighbor’s backyard pool, the ice cream truck, Fourth of July fireworks, Reds games, family vacations.
That forlorn, graffiti-covered brick building in Evanston visible from I-71 was once home to King Records, which launched the career of James Brown and put Cincinnati on the map as a key birthplace of rock and roll.