Mar. 17 2010

The Peace Bike works as hard as I do, and it pays off. This jaunt about Cincinnati's central neighborhoods was one of the more productive of the era...

From Mehring Way, this is north on Central Avenue, just west of Paul Brown Stadium. This is Truck US 50 because trucks are still trying to find a way to mainline US 50 following the Allowed Cloud on Columbia Parkway that ends on the east side of downtown.

East on West Pete Rose Way, under Paul Brown Stadium. Generally speaking, Pete Rose Way was once 2nd Street, but this curve was added around 2000 to make room for this then-new stadium. The sign lists the many Allowed Clouds in force at the stadium, but that's covered more in the next photo. Up ahead, Pete Rose Way goes under Elm Street.

This photo isn't very roadly, but it's pretty signy. This is a close-up of the sign in the above photo - listing 23 (!) Allowed Clouds. Paul Brown Stadium - home of the Bengals - prohibits all the items on this sign. Audio recording equipment? Laser pointers? "Indecent" clothing???

So this is what the supposed freest nation on Earth has come to?

North on Plum Street from Pete Rose Way. The overpass in the foreground is the 2nd Street viaduct. The one behind that is Fort Washington Way and the ramp from 3rd Street. Plum used to be open for regular traffic, before the Fort Washington Way reconstruction around 2000 created the low overpass.

Downtown Cincinnati must be one of few communities that's almost as tall as it is wide. Under 2nd Street is the Riverfront Transit Center - a whole new world just hankerin' to be examined. It's actually an entire transportation facility with 2nd Street clean on top of it. This photo is looking towards the facility from Plum. Unfortunately, this transit center is closed almost all of the time - after millions were spent building it. (Reminds one of that skyscraper hotel in Pyongyang, doesn't it?)

South on Plum from 3rd. One of the reasons this block of Plum is now closed to auto traffic may be that the overpass up ahead has a vertical clearance of only 6' 7".

The Brent Spence Bridge looms high above 3rd near the intersection with the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge. But what's this I see here? A Kentucky state route sign in Ohio??? Indeedity-doodledy! Actually, KY 17 does end in Ohio. KY 17 uses the Suspension Bridge, and this sign is for a KY 17 detour using the Clay Wade Bailey. The detour is prompted by another painting project on the Suspension Bridge. Also, despite what the sign suggests, the Clay Wade Bailey (which is not a freeway) does not carry I-71/75.

Southeast on Gest Street at one of its meetings with Linn Street. This unusual junction has Gest splitting down the middle, with a left-hand ramp up to Linn.

North on Linn at Ezzard Charles Drive (formerly Lincoln Park Drive, OH 1, and Laurel Street).

South on Mound at Clark.

South on John, approaching Clark.

I don't get why everyone thinks this is such a high-crime area. I honestly don't. There's some rough blocks not too far away, but this isn't one of them. Believe me, this is far safer than Brossart. In fact, this is an urban prairie - something I savor! This is looking west on Hopkins Street on a block cleared of buildings. It's just a shame that most newer housing in this otherwise working-class neighborhood is so expensive.

East in the urban prairie on Weber Way (the former Federal Alley). The skyscraper in the background is the Kroger building.

"Sentinel Street in the avenues...Take a good hard look, there ain't nothin' ever new..." (I once came up with another version of "Sentimental Street" that was even more obvious. Here's a hint: It has to do with the initials of Paul Brown Stadium.) This is southwest on Sentinel Street where it goes under I-71. This used to be part of 6th.

Going southeast, Butler Street is on the right; Culvert Street is on the left. Here we're under the ramp from Columbia Parkway west to I-471 south. The overpass ahead is the viaduct from 5th to Columbia Parkway.

Continuing on Butler at 5th, where an old, old building stands stoically on the corner. The aforementioned viaduct is behind that.

West on another viaduct, which is formed by Columbia Parkway and a ramp from northbound I-471. It feeds into 6th up ahead.

This picture show starts on Van Meter Street in Mount Adams. Much of Van Meter was once part of 6th, even as it went north. The castle-like structure at 3:05 adjoins the home of (brrring!) Channel 9 and the former site of the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. The castle was actually built as a valve house for a nearby reservoir. The overpass at the end of the clip is the Gilbert Avenue Viaduct.

Just east of the approach to the Purple People Bridge, this is likely a pier for the rail line that once used that span (back when it was the L&N Bridge). The track in question curved northeast to that which runs between US 52 and the river.

This view of the Taylor-Southgate Bridge shows just how high up the Ohio River was after all the snowmelt and rain. This flood covered most of the Sawyer Point steps. But give the media a month and it'll forget about this flood.

Finally, one from Newport, KY. This is south on Washington Street at 3rd. This photo is prized by many a Roads Scholar because it shows an Interstate marker with a state name. What's interesting from a traffic flow standpoint is that traffic to I-75 is instructed to use Washington to 4th, instead of taking the current KY 8 along 3rd. To the left of here - but just out of view of this photo - is a building that once housed the Campbell County Republican Party (back when Campbell County still had a Republican Party). In those days, the doorway featured a life-sized cardboard cutout of Newt Gingrich sneering at passersby.

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