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Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati: A bikecast and photo essay

by | Jun 14, 2011 | bikecast | 13 comments































13 Comments

  1. mpclemens

    Outstanding. Now do it again June 23rd for Typewriter Day and you'll have something! :-)

    Seriously Richard, this was very cool. Thanks for sharing your ride with us.

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  2. Ton S.

    I'm speechless, what a bikecast! Truth be told, I thought it was a joke the first time I heard of it. Man, was I ignorant!

    Thanks for the off-the-beaten-track tour of Porkopolis, I lived there for a year but the only thing that's familiar to me from your photos are the P&G buildings. Wish I had the chance to visit Camp Washington. And that vintage car is the bomb!

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  3. Martin A. Rice, Jr.

    Well, I did read the whole event! How wonderful! I've got to find a way to fit an Oliver on my bike handle-bars!

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  4. Stationery Traffic

    Nice one, Richard.

    I enjoyed this bikecast, and hope you can do some more this summer. This reminded me a lot of Richard Mabey's "The Unofficial Countryside" where he describes the flora and fauna to be found on railway cuttings and embankments, under motorway viaducts, and abandoned scrubland around London, where I grew up. When it was written in the early 1970s there were still bomb sites around London dating back to WW2; the area I knew was a light-industrial hinterland which had sprung up to serve Heathrow airport, but still had old woodland, a river running under the main road and plenty of places to get lost in….if you wanted to.

    BTW that aircraft cockpit: what an amazing thing to find! Looks to me like the nose of a Convair CV-880.

    Keep 'em coming.

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  5. Joseph Center

    Brilliant, Richard. Fantastic idea. Makes me want to do something like it. Inspiring.

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  6. Ted

    absolutely wonderful bikecast, Richard! I read every work raptly (:

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  7. Rob Bowker

    Looks like school's out and you are having fun. Fly typewriter, fly!

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  8. deek

    I'm certainly inspired to try something similar. Very cool and I enjoyed the tour! And since I live in Fort Wayne, I didn't have to look anything up on Mad Anthony:)

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  9. Duffy Moon

    Omigosh.
    That was the most bizarre thing I've ever read.
    Thanks for the tour.
    I love the little authorial interpositions (problems with the ribbon, what happened to the shift key, "Hey, do they make the bikes with the typewriter on them like that?"…) I found myself shaking my head in disbelief and laughing at the same time.

    Y'all must be crazy. My kind of crazy, though.

    (How fast do you think I'd have to pedal to power an IBM Selectric II?)

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  10. rino breebaart

    fascinating. I love the way you pick up on the changing uses and cycles of the buildings… That firehouse is a real beauty. Reminds me of that Stewart Brand book How Buildings Learn.

    Thanks for going to the effort of making the bikecast. It's a whole other angle of Cincinnatti.

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  11. notagain

    Great bikecast! Good tour of the neighborhood, that's an interesting town.

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  12. Ryan Adney

    After looking at the over-saturated light in Phoenix, the amount of green (even in your very industrial city) is refreshing. Great post!

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