Join us for the 2013 Cincinnati Street Food Festival!

This summer has been packed with fun events, but the fun doesn’t have to end just because the calendar shifted. We’re gearing up for the second annual Cincinnati Street Food Festival – and we want you to be a part of it! And there are a lot of ways to be involved:
Check out our Indiegogo Campaign. The Cincinnati Street Food Fest is brought together by people with a ton of heart and not so much money. Giving $5, $10, $50 gets us that much closer to making the Street Food Fest as awesome as it can possibly be. Plus, every dollar donated up to $2500 will be matched by the Haile Foundation. So you double down on your generosity and get some sweet perks like a t-shirt and stickers! Right now we have a goal of $5,000. Help us burst that goal-o-meter! Click here for our Indiegogo page.
Volunteer at the fest! There’s a lot to be done the day of the Cincinnati Street Food Festival. From set-up to clean up and every little thing in between. And we need your help! We’ve got jobs suited for all abilities. Volunteers score a fabulous CSFF volunteer shirt – in addition to a sense of good will and bragging rights, of course. Check out our volunteer form here.

Tell the world! Tweet about it, invite your friends to the Facebook event, email your coworkers, text your basketball group, shout it from the rooftops! This is our chance to invite our friends from across Cincinnati to our beautiful, diverse, historic neighborhood so we can all celebrate and enjoy the many great things about living in Cincinnati. Don’t let anyone miss out on the fun!


For more info, check out the main event page:

Talking Form-Based Code with Vice-Mayor Qualls

Our Executive Director, Kevin Wright, joined Vice-Mayor Roxanne Qualls yesterday on WVXU‘s Cincinnati Edition to discuss the City’s new Form-Based code implementation and how the new code impacts our neighborhoods! Walnut Hills is one of four pilot neighborhoods in Cincinnati that volunteered to adopt this new type of zoning, and we’re very excited about the opportunities it will provide

According to Vice-Mayor Qualls, the Form-Based code “specifies proportion and relationship to the street and to other buildings. People are choosing more and more to live in our neighborhoods because they want an urban experience and we know the value of the architecture and the original urban form of our communities. Form-based codes respect that and it actually allows for new development that is also respectful of that original urban form.”

Qualls adds that the new code “makes things very clear to developers what they can do in a specific neighborhood. You should be able to get all your approvals in a very short amount of time.”

In the case of Walnut Hills, Kevin Wright states that it “allowed the community to create a vision for their business district and how they want it designed. We took that vision and are attaching a zoning code to it.”

According to Wright, the new code system “creates a win-win-win for community, the City and the developer”. “When we visited Nashville”, he continues, “some developers even admitted being skeptical at the beginning, but once they started developing under the code and saw that the form based code was much easier to use than conventional zoning…developers loved it.”

Click below to listen to the full interview:




WHRF Competing for Fuel the Fire grant

And we need your help!

We have been invited to compete for a grant for our Five Points Biergarten event in the recently cleaned up Five Points Alley network! The grant is from Fuel Cincinnati. Fuel is a program of Give Back Cincinnati that is dedicated to helping young professionals improve the city. Fuel provides dollars ($250–$2,000) to projects for community organizations, coalitions of organizations, individuals, and non-profit groups with unique ideas that are in the relatively initial stages. Our presentation will highlight the community engagement associated with these events as well as long-term possibilities for the space.

On June 27th we are asking you to attend an event called Fuel the Fire! The event is a contest where grant finalists give a presentation about their project and afterwards the attendees vote for the winner. The money generated from the tickets sold for the event go to the winner! We will be competing with four other applicants. More information can be found on the event website or event Facebook page.

How can YOU help?

Come to the event! Invite friends and colleagues! The more supporters we have the better chance we have of winning! The event is on June 27th at 6:30 pm at the Christian Moerlein Tap Room. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity and let us know if you have any questions!

We Have a New Office

As of May 1st, we are officially moved into a great newly renovated storefront space on May Street near E. McMillan St! Our new official address is 2505 May Street, so stop by and say hi sometime. We’re still putting finishing touches on the decor, but you might recognize those murals from the 2012 Cincinnati Street Food Fest! We are enjoying the flood of light through giant front windows, newly finished floors and a lot more desk space for our expanding staff. Look for an announcement about an open house soon, but for now here are some pictures.