Spring in Our Steps

Enhancing community connections in Cincinnati, by reclaiming alleys, sidewalks, and steps for the pedestrian.

The Jaunty Jubilee tours Mt. Auburn & OTR stairs, alleys for ArchiNATI festival

Spring in Our Steps has embarked upon an extraordinary journey, in order to celebrate its cleanup efforts and the neighborhoods of Mt. Auburn and Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati. Saturday, October 12th from 1pm to 3pm, we will lead a 2 1/2 walk of stairways, alleys, and connecting streets to and from The Famous Neon’s Unplugged for The Jaunty Jubilee! Part of the third annual ArchiNATI festival, the event will include food and drink vendors, art installations, and musicians all along the route. We’ll also share wonderful stories about Spring in Our Steps’ 18-month commitment to pedestrian spaces in these neighborhoods. We have also mined information from historic maps and other resources to give you a vivid picture of what once was and what CAN be!

Program summary
At each of the marked vendor spots on the route map, we will have a combination of food/drink vendors, musicians, and art installations, which will also serve as resting or stopping points. While we will announce many of our guests between now and October 12th, you won’t know just where along the route you’ll enjoy a particular musician or sate your palate!

The Jaunty Jubilee Route MapRemaining cleanup schedule
Over the past three weeks, we have taken on a rigorous schedule of a Saturday and Sunday cleanup every weekend. So far, we have nearly cleared both North Wendell Alley and South Wendell Alley in their entireties. The following are our remaining cleanup events leading up to The Jaunty Jubilee. Sign up for our e-newsletter or like us on Facebook for updates to this schedule.

Thursday, October 3rd + Friday, October 4th, 6pm to 8pm
Located between Loth and Rice Streets at Mulberry Street
Just 20 feet of loose debris left to clear, in order to have the entire length of brick pavement exposed
Meet at 18 Mulberry St.

Sunday, October 6th, 10am to 1pm CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
MAIN STREET STEPS, Mount Auburn and Over-the-Rhine
Including the entire stretch between Mulberry Street and Excelsior Street (paper street) at Jackson Hill Park
Trimming overgrowth and tossing it deeper into the woods; sweeping the steps
Meet at 300 Mulberry St. (the corner of Main and Mulberry Sts.

Tuesday, October 8th, 6:30pm to 9pm
YPCC TRANSPORTATION EXPO, Civic Lawn at Washington Park
Network with young professionals and experts and talk about local transportation initiatives.
Say HELLO at the Spring in Our Steps table
Stop or unload on Race Street, park in the W 12th Street garage, or bus/bike!

Wednesday, October 9th, 6pm to 8pm NEW RESCHEDULED DATE
Connecting the lower part of the neighborhood with the summit on Eleanor Place
Sweeping and removing litter; pulling overgrowth
Meet at 2019 Eleanor Place (between Malvern Place & Huntington Place)

Thursday, October 10th, 5pm to 8pm NEW RESCHEDULED DATE
N Wendell: Removing the collected piles of dumped large items and placing them at Rice Street for pickup
St. Joe: Behind 2201 Rice St, removing a large root system that has persisted as a mound of organic material
Meet at 2201 Rice St (at the beginning of upper St. Joe St.)

Route details
The Jaunty Jubilee will follow this route in its entirety, beginning at The Famous Neon’s Unplugged: traveling up Goetz Alley from East 12th Street to Liberty Street; continue up north Main Street to the Main Street Steps; ascend the stairway to Eleanor Place to continue to the Gage Street Steps, between Malvern Place and Huntington Place; descend the stairs to turn left at Bosler Alley, followed by a right on Winkler Street; continue on Winkler to Rice Street; a slight jog over to upper St. Joe Street to North Wendell Alley; continue down the alley to the Rice/Loth Play Area and Rice Street; travel to the end of Rice to Thill and Loth Streets; move onward to lower St. Joe Street at Loth, making a right down South Wendell Alley; cross Mulberry Street at the alley’s end down the Rice Street Steps to Peete Street; make a right down to Peete Alley to Vine Street; descend Vine Street to turn left at Hust Alley; travel Hust to Rothenberg Preparatory Academy at East McMicken Avenue and north Main Street; and return to The Famous Neon’s Unplugged by way of Main Street in Over-the-Rhine.

Cost and perks
The cost of the event is $25, which includes one of two local draft beer selections *and* an event t-shirt. The walk will begin and end at The Famous Neon’s Unplugged. After we return, we’ll have those same local drafts available at a reduced price until the kegs run dry! Proceeds benefit the overall production of The Jaunty Jubilee and the ongoing efforts of Spring in Our Steps.


To buy your tickets online, click here: https://thejauntyjubilee.eventbrite.com/

We may schedule a couple dates, times, and locations for in-person sales. Get your tickets sooner rather than later. There are only FIFTY tickets available for this event.

Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions in a comment below. Check this page for updates on the extraordinary event we call The Jaunty Jubilee!

About C. Huelsman

"Stuck in the middle of this, don't know if I'm gonna make it" summarizes my internal composition at most points along my personal timeline. Sometimes, more than a little skin must be shed, in order to ensure resilience toward life's perils and mediocrity. This is where things get good.

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This entry was posted on September 12, 2013 by in Alleys, City Steps, Sidewalks.
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