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Margy Waller
Works at Art on the Streets
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This was fun to research and write. Thanks to the many of you who contributed. 
When German immigrants settled in Cincinnati in big numbers during the 19th century, they helped create one of America’s first boomtowns, and at the time, one of the nation’s largest cities. With them, the new inhabitants also brought new perspectives and attitudes towards the arts, culture and arch...
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Washington Park in the Virgin Atlantic blog series about Cincinnati. SO much fun to write these. :)
When we’re ready for some bench-time in Cincinnati, we head straight to Washington Park. One of the most scenic spots in the city, this eight-acre ...
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Hey friends - someone asked me to do this fun thing! So please add your comments and love on the Virgin page! Let's show world travelers that Cincinnati has fans. Most of the other posts on this blog have no comments - but we aren't like that. We chatter. Go for it.
  There’s a mass of gaze-worthy architecture all over Cincinnati – lots of it historic, Italianate, and art deco especially. But when only m...
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starting the new year at +cincinnatiartmuseum 
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Love a 24 hour museum ~ visiting the +21c Museum Hotels in Louisville for the #ZAPPcon  Arts Festival Conference. It's also a museum where you get your beverage at the bar and take it with you for the gallery tour. 
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+Clayton Lord : "This last Dinnervention post is an experiment in group blogging–I wrote the core piece, and then three of my fellow Dinnerventionists– Margy Waller, Laura Zabel, and Devon Smith–were kind enough to react to it in commentary."
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Love these OTR rooftops. Happy to share them with the world.
Cincinnati is located as far south and west as you can go and still be in Ohio. A boomtown in the mid-1800s, the city’s architecture looks a lot li...
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Sorta sad about the choice of cover photo. My city is so much more unusual than this reflects. :/ Post your comments about Cincinnati at the bottom of the page - tell the world what you love about our city.
Cincinnati is located as far south and west as you can go and still be in Ohio. A boomtown in the mid-1800s, the city’s architecture looks a lot li...
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OOOH.  I have an offer to update the cover photo - working on that now. YAY!
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My Top Ten Words about Roxanne.

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#10 Bike Roxanne rides a bike. On the street. With other people. To a ball game. To work. She supports increasing our transportation options with more bike trails, protected bike lanes, and linking bikes to transit. And she was the first-ever judge in our BRIGHTest Bike Contest for the BRIGHT Ride. (You knew this word would be on my list, right?)


#9 People She’s a long-time organizer of people from the ground up. That means she knows how to build a coalition of those who call Cincinnati home, people who believe in this place, and want it to be the best place it can be.


#8 Generous It’s personal. When I ran my first political issue campaign (for more housing options), Roxanne took the time to teach me all about how to do it: she helped design the campaign plan from Election Day backward. (That’s one of the strategies she taught me -- start with winning on election night, and plan backward to cover everything you need to do to make it happen.)


#7 Arts Roxanne understands the power of our amazing arts -- the music, dance, museums, galleries, festivals, theatre, and more -- to make this city and its neighborhoods unique, memorable places people want to live, visit, work, and play. She supports the arts in surprising ways and is one of the reasons we have so many animating murals all over town. (You knew this word would be here too.)


#6 Coalitions She understands that she is part of a team. Of course she does her research and she has an idea of what will work. And she’ll make her case. But in the end, she wants to get things done and she knows that with multiple decision-makers involved, compromise is sometimes necessary.


#5 Vision She has a clear and long view. Of course there are choices we have to make as a city that are focused on what happens in the next week or even the next year. But she doesn’t undermine the future for the short term ~ she keeps the vision of where we can be in the long run in her sights. This is a rare quality in a politician. 


#4 Ears She listens. She learns. She believes that everyone has something to offer to the conversation and that the results will be better with more people contributing.

#3  Brains She’s smart. Super smart. I don’t know about you, but I like my leaders brainy.


#2  Streetcar Roxanne gets that the streetcar is an investment -- ensuring and motivating new redevelopment and owners in our most unique neighborhood, Over-the-Rhine. But also, she gets that the streetcar is symbolic of our progressive outlook as a community, one that welcomes new residents, new initiatives, new businesses. There are no other cities off of the East Coast lucky enough to have a neighborhood that looks like this -- because none were as dense as Cincinnati in the 1850s. This makes Over-the-Rhine a draw for newcomers and shoppers and visitors. The streetcar should definitely go to other neighborhoods in the next phases (and Roxanne was the biggest advocate on council for full funding to Uptown in the debate) and it can.

#1  Momentum Roxanne will continue and grow our momentum as a city. It’s been four years since I moved back here and the changes have been amazing and our star is getting bigger on the national map. We don’t need a protracted fight over things like the streetcar or parking innovation. That would turn off the very people around the world who are now giving us attention. Some people would start thinking about leaving. Seriously. And I want to stay in this unbelievably wondrous place.

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Outgoing  NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman sends a postcard from retirement with a sweet shout out to Over-the-Rhine.

"Everywhere I visited, I saw how the arts can transform places, change a place, revitalize neighborhoods, be a driver of economic development. The arts can create a renewal in all these places like nothing else can. That’s what I’ve seen over and over again. One of my jobs as Chairman of the NEA was to highlight that and to make the case for how that happens."

He mentions a lot of places, but OTR is #3 on the list. :)

You know why, +Sascha Freudenheim.

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creating community through the arts; promoting serendipitous art; changing the landscape of public understanding with strategic communications
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  • Art on the Streets
    Serendipity Director, present
  • Topos Partnership
    Senior Fellow, present
  • ArtsWave
    Vice President, 2008 - 2012
  • The Mobility Agenda
    Executive Director
  • Brookings Institution
    Visiting Fellow, 2001 - 2006
  • The White House
    Senior Advisor
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words + arts + bikes + travel. serendipity is joy.
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@margyartgrrl, currently a boomerang resident of Cincinnati, also lived in Washington DC (where she worked for two guys named Bill + Al in a big white house) and Philadelphia, PA.

these days: creating community through the arts; promoting serendipitous art; changing the landscape of public understanding with strategic communications




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