|Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio|
|View of Cincinnati from Newport, Kentucky|
|Fountain Square was the heartbeat of downtown Cincinnati|
|Flying pigs in Fountain Square|
After looking it up, turns our Cincinnati used to be called "Porkopolis" in reference to its huge meatpacking industry. This term, often used in a negative connotation, ultimately led many Cincy residents to add wings to pigs, turning the term flying pig into a source of civic pride. Clearly, Cincy residents take this seriously, as the flying pigs are everywhere. The flying pigs sculptures around downtown are also very nicely done pieces of art, well-maintained, and really add to the ambiance of the city in a positive and fun way.
As we continued to walk around Cincinnati to get acclimated with this new to us city, I continued to be impressed with the modern amenities Cincy offered. Both sports stadiums are located right downtown and are brand-new (and impressive to look at) as well as the brand-new National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (which I will write about later), several huge and new shopping & dining districts, and a large riverfront park with several nice (and new) playgrounds.
|Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds|
Overall, downtown Cincinnati was very clean, new, cosmopolitan...and walkable!
|Entering the Purple People Bridge...it was actually purple!|
|Walking across the river from Ohio to Kentucky|
|The Covington flood wall murals are in the background (across the river) in this shot from the 3rd level of the|
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati