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I Wrote the Songs

Cincinnati has several official songs. Some are mine.

Dr. Know: Memorial Hall’s Virtues, a Tiny House in Pleasant Ridge, and a Vacancy...

The good doctor holds forth on troubling issues, including essential qualities (according to Memorial Hall), a tiny Pleasant Ridge house, and a vacant house near Columbia Parkway.

Dr. Know: Columbia Parkway Landslides, Fountain Square’s Name, and Ringing a Giant Bell

The good doctor holds forth on troubling issues, including Columbia Parkway landslides, Fountain Square's legal name, and the giant bell at St. Frances de Sales Church.

Battery Acid Reflux: The Worst Possible Solution for a Car That Won’t Start

The worst possible solution for a car that won’t start.

Dr. Know: Pete Rose’s Home Invisible to Google Maps, Flagging Traffic Deaths, and Too-Loud...

Pete Rose is banned from baseball, but why is he banned from Google Maps? When I try to use the Street View to see his boyhood house on Braddock Street near Anderson Ferry, I...

Dr. Know: Unidentified Artist, Antlers on Central Parkway, and Public Comfort

I’m on a team in Clifton that’s renovating a beautiful century-old mansion. We know a lot of its history, but there’s one detail that eludes us: a gorgeous mural on the living room ceiling...

Dr. Know: Lost Lincoln Statue, Kenwood’s Christmas Chaos, and O Pie O’s TV Legacy

I only recently learned that Cincinnati once had a Lincoln Park. Did Lytle Park’s beardless Abraham Lincoln statue start there and then get moved? —HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY Dear Happy: Yes, a beautiful west-side expanse called Lincoln...

Cincinnati Made Me Who I Am, Long Before I Ever Heard of This City

C incinnati did not exist when I was a kid. I can’t remember when I first heard the name, though I’m sure that spelling it correctly came much later. I was born in Philadelphia—its own spelling...

Dr. Know: Crumbling Crosley, An Icy Overpass, and What Is W.A.P.A.?

Many devotees of UC would happily award Crosley Tower a stomped-on Lifetime Unachievement trophy.

My Al Schottelkotte Dream Come True

Legendary TV Newsman Al Schottelkotte once did me a favor.
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