Mar. 24 2009

The fine folks from our local highway departments should enjoy this photo set as much as I do, for it's as roadly as can be. It focuses on the US 127 area primarily but also on some other interesting Cincinnati streets.

One of the many things on this outing that didn't scare me. You keep hearing about what a high-crime area Cincinnati is, but I guarantee you I didn't go anywhere that I was more likely to be a victim of violent crime than I was at Brossart. Here we're going north on Central Avenue, a major downtown street.

From Central Avenue, this is west on Ezzard Charles Drive towards Union Terminal. This road was Lincoln Park Drive until about 1980, and it once carried part of the now-defunct OH 1, which was sort of a stand-in designation while the Interstates were being built. (OH 1 was abolished in 1965.) I'm guessing the building on the hill in the background with the cross on it is Cincinnati Christian University.

From Central Parkway, this is a decidedly unscary view, looking east on Liberty Street.

Central Parkway was built along the route of an old canal; it is not the same as Central Avenue. This portion carries US 27/52/127. Here we're looking north where the Baymiller Street pedestrian overpass was. I also got a photo here in 2008, before that span was demolished. The concrete structure over the sidewalk is the north approach for the ruined footbridge.

This is where the south approach to the pedestrian bridge was. "Being removed due to advanced deterioration" should be followed with the words "due to lack of maintenance." Behind this sign, we're looking south on Baymiller Street.

Another view of the north approach of the demolished span.

From Central Parkway, this is looking onto Hopple Street where it goes over I-75.

Continuing north on Central Parkway, it goes under this footbridge at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College.

I continued biking north on US 127 as it becomes Hamilton Avenue, but it gets rather steep. So I cut things short by heading towards home on Rockford Place, Howard Avenue, Edna Avenue, Saxon Avenue, and Spring Lawn Avenue.

From Spring Lawn Avenue, this is looking north on Crawford Avenue. Crawford runs along the boundary of Spring Grove Cemetery and ends just ahead, but I don't know if it ever continued north.

South on Crawford from Spring Lawn. Hard to believe this is within Cincinnati city limits, but it is.

On Spring Grove Avenue, this is looking east on Bates Avenue. Notice that someone stuck an advertising sign shaped like a toilet on the utility pole on the left.

Still on Spring Grove Avenue, looking east at Straight Street. Notice in the foreground that Straight Street ends where those 3 vehicles are parked. On the berm behind that is I-75. Behind that, the road climbing the steep hill is also Straight Street, which ends at the University of Cincinnati. I'm not sure if these 2 parts of Straight Street ever did connect: The street doesn't touch Central Parkway, and an older map that shows the canal that predated Central Parkway depicts a footbridge for Straight Street - but not an actual roadway.

Despite the noise, I think this may be the better video in this set. We start out going south on Spring Grove Avenue from Buck Street (where Queen City Avenue once emerged). OH 1 used Spring Grove Avenue while I-75 was under construction. When we cross Bank Street, Spring Grove becomes Dalton Avenue. Although my remark about the stadium refers to the loss of Riverfront Stadium (which was quite a ways from here), I later learned that the Dalton Avenue portion of this clip goes right smack-dab through where Crosley Field used to be. Dalton was extended through the old ballpark site probably in the 1970s.

This Budd's for you! This is going west on Budd Street between Dalton and McLean. Up ahead, Budd goes under the railroad tracks that go over the east approach of the 8th Street Viaduct.

West on 7th from McLean. Notice 7th going under the aforementioned tracks. The rail overpass in the background (but not the one in front) feeds into the Cincinnati Southern Bridge.

West on Budd again, looking under the Cincinnati Southern Bridge approach.

Here we're going east on Dalton, approaching where it goes under Freeman Avenue. The thing that interested me here is that railroad crossing sign hidden in those trees. The sign looks fairly new, but the track is clearly long, long abandoned. You can see a vague outline of the track crossing the street a few feet ahead.

The Eyewitness Cam is testing its zoom capabilities again! This is from the Cincinnati riverfront, looking at the south side of Newport, KY. You can clearly see large residential buildings on Tower Drive and houses on Biehl Street and Grandview Avenue.

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