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The Main Street Mosaic Steps

Cincinnati has a plethora of public steps connecting the summits of its hills with the bottoms of its dales. Cincinnati also has an active public arts scene. What better way to marry the two than by using art to enliven Cincinnati’s steps? If anywhere has shown the ripple-effect that public art and its attractive power has on public life, it is OTR. Cincinnati’s public steps need community support now more than ever due to budget cuts at City Hall.

The following photo of San Francisco’s 16th Avenue Tiled Steps has inspired many Cincinnatians on social media to voice their support for beautifying public steps in Cincinnati with similarly beautiful mosaics. The most popular location suggestion in Cincinnati has been the Main Street steps although Cincinnati has no shortage of possible locations. Partnerships with groups like Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, ArtsWave, ArtWorks, Spring in Our Steps, Cincinnati Parks and neighborhood organizations could be formed to address issues of feasibility, fundraising, volunteers, and maintenance once a set of steps is complete.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project was a community-driven volunteer project led by arts Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher. Started in 2003, the project was completed in 2005. More information available at…

A suggested location for implementation in Cincinnati: The Main Street Steps

Main Street steps comparison, via flickr user mgsmith

Main Street steps, via Derek Jon Scacchetti

Main Street steps, via…

Here’s a photo of the Main Street steps that accompanies a post about them from We Heart OTR:

Main Street steps, via We Heart OTR

View Cincinnati Steps – 1 of 2 in a larger map

If you’d like to get involved or have an idea, leave a comment below. Let’s do this, Cincinnati!

8 Responses to “The Main Street Mosaic Steps”
  1. Michael Redmond says:

    We started this project years ago. Holly Redmond, Heric Flores and several other Mulberry neighbors. We will do whatever we can to see this finished, just let us know what you need.

  2. Karen Hughes says:

    This is a fantastic idea! I’d also love to see it on the Ohio Street steps up to Bellevue Park.

    • overtherhine says:

      This could very easily become a city-wide initiative – a way for neighborhoods to set themselves apart but also unite the city and its unique network of steps.

  3. NerdyParker says:

    I’d be willing to help out in any way possible. Let me know!

  4. Cher says:

    Broadway Steps between Milton and Boal are also another option.

  5. I wonder if those stairs are less brutal than just walking up Sycamore. Because that sucks.

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