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Archive for July, 2011

To Preserve or Not to Preserve: Why Historic Buildings are Vital to Our Communities

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

One man’s abandoned building is another’s historical masterpiece.

Courtesy of Westwood Concern

Every year, property owners and preservationists face-off in disputes over buildings that are all but forgotten. Decrepit, neglected and vacant properties become the flag around which grassroots preservationists rally, hailing a structure for its architectural or historical significance. Owners of these properties typically cite maintenance costs or development projects as reasons for their demolition, and frequently resent what is perceived as an assault on their rights when blocked from carrying out their plans. Courtrooms across the country ‘ and here in Cincinnati ‘ are the battlefields where wars are waged to preserve historic buildings.


Intently in the moment.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Strolling through the laid-back, cobblestone streets of Amsterdam, a relaxed lifestyle is apparent. Cafes, bicycles and pups are everywhere. People and their best friends own shops and frequent restaurants — just another day in the neighborhood.

Shot on an iPhone.

Photo by: Jon Keeling

This Just In: Are You Mobile Yet?

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Here’s the scoop: if you still associate ink-blackened fingertips with reading the news, you are about as outdated as they come. Recent studies reflect that news broadcasting and consumption has changed dramatically with the proliferation of smartphones, tablets and eReaders.

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A dichotomy of styles.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The Musee d’ Orsay on the Seine in Paris is one of the most striking museums that many visitors never see. Originally built as a railway station, the stunning architectural detail of the building is the perfect backdrop for a fascinating collection of classic and contemporary art.

Shot on an iPhone.

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Brands that Rock

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Last week Google released its social networking tool, Google+, winning most of the headlines in social media marketing news as Facebook’s latest competition in social networking. Google+ has a leg up on Facebook with more advanced features and placing more control over information sharing in the hands of the user. But without a means for brands to engage with Google+ users, Facebook remains king of social media marketing.

We want to break it down for our Piehole readers and pay tribute to some brands that we think do Facebook right. These brands understand social media as an opportunity to connect with their followers in unique and inspiring ways. Some of these brands are iconic, some are local, but they all have one thing in common: we love to follow and interact with them.