Okay, so I am all moved in and settled in my loft and I am loving it more than I ever thought I would. I live in the heart of downtown Cincinnati and I can hear the beat when I am home. Of course, some people are very worried and nervous about me living down here by myself. However, I can honestly say that I never felt that I made a bad decision or feel in danger of my life. But I will say, it absolutely sucks leaving my house on a Friday or Saturday evening and come back to find that I do not have a parking spot ( I have a parking pass now). In any case, there is something about seeing old abandoned historic buildings and sometimes when I lie in my bed, I find myself looking at the corners of my loft and wonder what historic event happened here. What was this building used for? What unknown historic events took place here? Is there a boat load of money secretly hidden in these walls or floors that no one knows about? My mind runs swiftly with ideas and my imagination flirts with me of all the hidden treasures that rummage through the city that is dying to be discovered. These thoughts make living downtown all the more exciting. So, I have unofficially deemed myself as one of Cincinnati’s urban foodie connoisseur’s! Yes. I am switching the frame of my blog’s ‘brand’ and making this blog a place for all things urban and good food, that I make. Do you like that idea? I hope so! So to kick off the new direction of my blog I wanted to share with you some thoughts and visual imagery to show you what is on my block.
So when I first went to see the loft, this is the street that I saw. Not really all that pleasing to the eye, right? There is no greenery, no trees, no clear pavement, no…suburbia, which is what I am use to. So at first, I allowed the outside to make up what living downtown may be like. But I said to myself, “Self, just give it a chance”. So I did.
Once I walked inside of the loft, I feel in love with it! I wanted to find a place that mimicked my personality. I have always had nice apartments with clean carpet, fresh paint, walls that made up rooms, but I never had something that I really liked for myself and that played a character in my life. For instance, who has seen Sex and The City? Well, if you think of Carrie Bradshaw and her apartment, that apartment was a part of Carrie’s life ( I am so watching Sex and the City tonight). That is what I wanted. I wanted a home where I can make memories and would put me right in the middle of history in the making. I wanted to feel single, sexy, young and a home that would give me an opportunity to feel those exact attributes. So without giving everything away, I took a picture that gives you somewhat of a visual of what the inside of my loft looks like.
I took this picture of a corner of my block. As I was walking around I didn’t realize that there were so many shops, galleries, and dining options to be explored. I can say downtown Cincinnati has come along way in the past 10 years.
Living in an urban environment is unlike anything that I have experienced thus far. The noise of the city bus as it passes by my building, the faces of the people whose stories are just dying to be told, the beauty in this once blighted city and its ruins that have suddenly became beautiful, poetic, and alluring. I urge all of you who are reading this blog to come downtown and see for yourself what’s new. I have more articles of my experiences and so much more to explore.