Monday, January 10, 2005
by Ethan
I've been hanging out at the forum of late - it's a wonderful place with develpment/urbanist folks who take some great pictures and discuss city issues from all over the state. I rant on politics in the comments at Brian's or Nick's or Wes's place, then post photos over there. But I thought I would drop back by here post some pictures from the recent flooding - this is pretty much a mirror of my urbanohio post.

These shots were taken Sunday, January 9th, 2005, with the river just above 55 feet and rising. It's expected to crest at 57.5 feet, so it's not done yet, and more rain is expected mid-week. Hopefully the rain will be light enough to let this crest be the end of it...

So we start in Bicentennial Commons - P&G Pavilion:

The Schott Amphitheater:

...and my artsy shot of the old Waterworks building...I thought this was pretty cool...

They were doing a good job of holding the water back at the Rowing Club in the Boathouse - sheet metal to block the current, sandbags to stop the water, then pumps to throw the water back into the river as it seeped thru. But with more than two more feet of water, these guys have their work cut out for them...

It's hard to convey the speed of the current with still photos, but you can see some turbulence in this one, even way off to the edge of the river:

This was a really shocking view to me - it's just not a place you think the river ought to be:

...ah, the irony...

Looking over the Serpentine Wall to the clearance ruler on the Taylor-Southgate Bridge. It's pretty handy in high water, because the bridge deck sits at 100 feet above the riverbed - just subtract whatever number this ruler measures from 100 feet, and that's the river gage.

Just to put the amazing height of the flood of 1997 in context, here's Cincinnatus today, with the river more than 3 feet above flood stage:

...and here's Cincinnatus in 1997 (photo by Michael Snyder):

The serpentine wall - this was pretty shocking to me too:

The view from Mt. Echo. This was taken right around 2pm. Note the barge going up-river...

Lunken Airport from Alms Park. There's a creek or a drainage ditch of some sort running across the field that drains into the Little Miami - it looks like the Ohio backwater-flooded the Little Miami, which is backwater flooding this creek. Planes were still taking off and landing.

I dropped down the hill and was going to bring Kellogg and Eastern back into town, but after seeing this ahead of me, I wimped out and turned around.

Ah, the classic kids-on-bikes shot...and they're standing next to flooded ball fields! I expect my Pulitzer any day now...

Mt. Adams from the back parking lot of St. Rose off Eastern Ave. Just amazing to see the river basin so full.

St. Rose has seen some high water in its day - this is on its back wall:

The view from the upper Eden Park overlook - probably my favorite river view in the city:

...and remember the barge I mentioned above? An hour and a half after I took that picture from Mt. Echo, I looked downriver from Eden Park and saw it again - it's about 6 miles upriver from where it was 90 minutes ago - that means it's just clocking a bit over 3.3 knots - ouch...:

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Friday, November 12, 2004
Walls and Bridges III
by Ethan

This would have to be an incredibly nerve-wracking house to live had fallen into disrepair, but it's being rehabbed now - and they had to work on the roof of this place! There's only a regular-sized sidewalk between the house and that wall...

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Thursday, November 11, 2004
Veteran's Day
by Ethan

The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Eden Park...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Walls and Bridges II
by Ethan

The Roebling Suspension Bridge, from the river, just before we passed under it...

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Monday, November 08, 2004
Walls and Bridges I
by Ethan

(I have more Bridge shots than Wall shots, but whatever gets you through the night...) This is the L&N from the river, same day as this shot, which was my first time ever on the river (other than the Anderson Ferry and the Old Augusta Ferry). Hopefully the warmth of that July evening will come through - it's supposed to be downright bitterly cold tonight. think I used to live 1/2 mile from Lake Erie...if I wanted my car to start in the morning, I'd have to take the battery out and bring it inside for the night, it was so cold...and now I'm complaining when it dips into the 20's...

BTW, new stuff from Jake Mecklenborg - I believe the fall foliage is ancillary, but it's still quite pretty.

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Sunday, November 07, 2004
Mt. Storm Pavilion
by Ethan

Mt. Storm was the first Cincinnati park I fell in love wife and I walked here on our first date (and that's her sitting on the steps!)...well, it was nearly midnight, and I didn't want to walk around a park that late, so we walked to near Mt. Storm, even if we didn't go all the way to the Pavilion...anyway, this shot is from my Fall Foliage day.

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Friday, November 05, 2004
Ida Street Bridge
by Ethan

No matter which way your politics run, and whether the election looked like dawn or looked like sunset, at least we can all agree on one thing - we live in a beautiful fucking city...this was taken probably a month ago on a foggy morning from the Ida Street Bridge. That bridge is definitely my favorite city view - a commanding overlook, but much closer to the city than you are from the West Side - with Price Hill in the distance, Music Hall and Union Terminal dead ahead, with Mt. Auburn to your right (not in this shot), and the low brick buildings of upper downtown and Over-the-Rhine...just a great city view.

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