'New York Times' Travel Columnist Finds Cincinnati is Bursting with Cultural Growth and Excitement

Jada Yuan's column, published today, highlights Artworks murals, praises "architecture to make your jaw drop," and says Camp Washington's Swing House is the city's hottest art installation

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Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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When Jada Yuan, the "52 Places" travel columnist at The New York Times, spoke at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's theater in Over-the-Rhine recently, she acknowledged she had a dream job. She was to visit each place that made The Times' 52 Places to Go in 2018 list. Cincinnati ranked eighth on the list; it was the 16th locale that Yuan visited.

Judging from her article, posted today, she loved it. "This time around, I got to dig deep on the wealth of murals in public spaces; an architectural history to make your jaw drop; and three newly renovated, world-class performing arts venues in a roughly four-block radius," she wrote. 

She also marveled at the Over-the-Rhine transformation: "As recently as five years ago, multiple Cincinnatians told me, OTR was known as the place where suburban kids came to buy heroin. Now it’s your go-to spot for pour-over coffee at 1215 Vine and phenomenal Belgian waffles at Taste of Belgium."

And for the Swing House, she talked to its artist, Mark de Jong, at the site: "Thirty years ago, the artist Mark de Jong, who grew up here, dreamed of emptying out one of the city’s abandoned shotgun houses and installing a swing that traveled the length of it. 'I just thought a swing would be the perfect vehicle for contemplating the history of the house with all its layers, and contemplating where we are as individuals,' he said. And, with The Swing House, he’s done exactly that."

Read the article here.

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