by Maija Zummo
87 days ago
Posted In: Architecture
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Site lists library among “The 30 Best Places To Be If You Love Books”
BuzzFeed, the viral video and pop culture aggregate, loves
lists. And Cincinnati has been mentioned in at least two of their “random
number funny sentence” list posts this past week.First, it’s always best to start with dessert … and chili.
BuzzFeed contributor and former Cincinnatian Donna Dickens makes a list of all
of her favorite Cincinnati foods that are better than food from other cities,
claiming, “The worst
part about moving away from Cincy is leaving behind this regional feast.”
on the list?
Graeter’s ice cream, Skyline chili (sorry, Gold Star), Izzy’s giant rueben,
Busken cookies, Glier’s Goetta, LaRosa’s, Montgomery Inn sauce and the
unnaturally blue, unnaturally delicious, formerly Smurffy blueberry soft serve
from King’s Island.
those of us less interested in praising our meat products (although perhaps we
should since they aren’t full of horse), can praise the beautiful
history of our public library.
at #28 on the 30 best places to be if you love books list, which includes Shakespeare and Company in Paris as well as the Oxford
Union Library, is an image of the Cincinnati Public Library looking as most of
us have never seen it — in black and white, yes, but also from its original
location, “Old Main,” at 629 Vine Street. With stories and stories of shelves
and shelves of books, each with a small catwalk, the expanse and whimsy of this
literary wonderland is fantastic. (And really makes you wish it was still
According the Main Library’s flickr page (where you can find more images of the original library location):
“The Main Library has occupied a prominent
position in downtown Cincinnati since 1874, when a new building was constructed
at 629 Vine Street. Considered the most magnificent public library building in
the country at the time, ‘Old Main’ featured one element similar to today’s
library: a towering atrium with a skylight ceiling. Of the dramatic atrium,
Harpers Weekly said, ‘The first impression made upon the mind on entering this
hall is the immense capacity for storing books in its five tiers of alcoves,
and then the eye is attracted and gratified by its graceful and carefully
studied architecture.’ The building closed in 1955, when the ‘New Main
Library,’ located at 800 Vine Street, opened.”
Find more historic
photos of Cincinnati and learn more about the history of our library on the
virtual library Facebook page.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A post on viral web cataloger BuzzFeed
last week accused U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt or her staff of airbrushing the
congresswoman’s Wikipedia page.
by Andy Brownfield
Viral web cataloger says local reps are among 33 Congress members to have altered pages
A post on viral web cataloger BuzzFeed accuses U.S. Rep.
Jean Schmidt or her staff of airbrushing the congresswoman’s Wikipedia
BuzzFeed claims that a user bearing the Internet
fingerprint shared by all Congressional offices removed the section of
Schmidt’s Wikipedia entry titled “The Armenian Genocide issue.”
Schmidt was one of 33 Congress members alleged to have had airbrushing done to their Wikipedia pages.
Also listed was House Speaker John Boehner, who allegedly
had mention of his knowledge of the Mark Foley congressional page
scandal scrubbed from his page.
CityBeat on Wednesday asked for comment from the offices of Schmidt and Boehner but no response was given.
“The Armenian Genocide issue” section appeared on
Schmidt’s page as of Wednesday. It’s unclear whether the section had
previously been removed.
According to the entry, Schmidt came under fire in 2008
from congressional challenger David Krikorian for failing to publicly
define the mass killing of 1.5 million Ottoman Armenians between
1915-1916 as the “Armenian Genocide.”
The Armenian-American Krikorian accused Schmidt of taking
tens of thousands in “blood money” from the Turkish government in order
to push the denial. Krikorian’s claims resulted in a defamation lawsuit
from Schmidt and a complaint before the House Ethics Committee.
However, Boehner’s page still contained no mention of his knowledge of the Foley page scandal as of Wednesday afternoon.
In 2006 former Republican Florida Rep. Mark Foley resigned
over reports that he had sent sexually explicit Internet messages to at
least one underage male former congressional page.
Boehner told The Washington Post that he had
learned of inappropriate “contact” between Foley and a 16-year-old page
and told then-House Speaker Dennis Hassert about it. He later told the
newspaper that he couldn’t remember whether he talked to Hassert.