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CINCINNATI'S NORTHWEST SIDE
June 8 2009

What should have been an unremarkable bike jaunt produced some of the best photos and videos of this era. So peep, weep, and oggle-beep...






"No ... No ... No ... No ... No ... No ... No ... No ... No ... No ... No ..." This sign uses the word no 11 times.

For me to get to the northwest, I almost had to be on the southeast, so this was the latest finding regarding the fabled Newport Southbank Bridge - known informally as the Purple People Bridge. Getting on the bridge in Newport, KY, I saw this new sign. And this sign is every bit as wrong as I've come to expect.

First off, the bridge is not private. It's owned by a committee featuring representatives of the city. This sign also has a new Allowed Cloud - prohibiting commercial photography. You'll soon find out what I think of that.

Incidentally, Pagans Path got its name from a local individual surnamed Pagan.





On the Purple People Bridge, heading into Cincinnati. If I use this photo in an income-generating project, it will violate the Allowed Cloud. Oops, I already have. This of course is the old roadway of that span - now a pedestrian and bike path.




All sorts of neet poo goes on down in the 'Nati! This is west on 3rd in downtown Cincinnati, approaching Plum Street. The next block may be endangered by plans for ramps involving the Brent Spence Bridge replacement that appears imminent.




North on Dalton Avenue, emerging from the tunnel that goes under the parking lot of Union Terminal.




It's the Cincinnati Reds playin' baseball again! This is north on Dalton, smack dab through where the old Crosley Field was. Crosley Field was once the Reds' home stadium, and Dalton was probably extended through here in the 1970s. Although a website describes this site in detail, I could find no trace of the old ballpark.




The familiar miasma of my beloved Big Two-Seven leers at us. This is south on Colerain Avenue at West Fork Road. The ramp with the big US 52 marker actually goes to the tail end of I-74 and to Beekman Street. The area at left is where that unbuilt freeway running north off I-74 was once planned. There was construction taking place in the field that had resulted there.




Sines, sines, sines! I cropped this from the previous photo in an attempt to show the BGS's over the ramp from Colerain to I-74 and Beekman. This suggests that US 27 uses the ramp and follows I-74 and I-75 to Hopple Street. (In reality, it appears to officially use a different routing.) The BGS on the right is rife with Sesame Street references: Elmore Street (which sounds like Elmo) and Beekman Street (a name that invariably prompts a Big Bird impression).




West Fork Road runs west off Colerain Avenue. Here we're going west, with Mount Airy Forest on the right.




Continuing west on West Fork. We're about to go over West Fork Creek just before Montana Avenue.




Looking upstream on West Fork Creek, which is channeled into this ditch.




Southwest on Montana Avenue at West Fork. This road has a partial interchange with I-74 (which carries US 52 here). The ramp from I-74 feeds into...Putz Drive. Montana Avenue was informally renamed to Esiason Street during the 1989 Super Bowl. Orange signs bearing this name were placed over the regular signs.




You can't say they don't give you adequate warning here! This sign is along West Fork just west of Montana and seems to be a reference to West Fork Creek.




An interesting video going back east on West Fork. I threw away the CD that I found laying in the road, because it was obviously smashed.




Millcreek Road - yellow bridge and all - is surprisingly obscure and secluded. This is going southwest on that road.




Millcreek Road gets weirder and weirder! It's still hard to believe the road appears so isolated in such an otherwise urban area. The rail line here is apparently abandoned, as the crossing itself is paved over.




This clip takes us south on Beekman Street, then on Carll Street, which becomes Cummins Street at the very first curve. Then we're back on ol' Beeks again!




In this video, we pib south on Ernst Street, then we continue on State Avenue (which was part of OH 4W before about 1980). The white walls on the right side of Ernst at :32 and the left side at :38 are abutments for the old C&O rail trestle that was taken out of service in 1979. I kept the CD's I found laying in Ernst Street, because it looked like they might still play. (I threw them away when I couldn't get them working.) The discovery of the discarded TV sets coincided with analog TV being discontinued.




An orange speed limit sign? This is on Depot Street going north from 8th. The 8th Street Viaduct had been inexplicably closed again, so the orange must be because this is a detour. I was later told that this sign was placed by a contractor responsible for the detour, and that it should have been just an advisory speed sign, not a speed limit.




The American education system really isn't what it used to be, is it? This piece of real "esatae" (sic) is what was previously the 3rd & Baymiller ruins. In this photo, even most of the ruins are gone, and it's just an empty field.

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