Spring in Our Steps

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

Celebrating Jane’s legacy, saluting shorts in an alley, restoring a switchback trail – this weekend

It’s been a long time coming. Spring in Our Steps finally has the capacity again to put on a special weekend for you all. We’ll celebrate the legacy of renowned urban activist and journalist Jane Jacobs on Thursday. An extravaganza of short films, a DJ set, and artistic capture of the hidden city takes off for Final Friday. A cleanup of an historic switchback trail will take place on Saturday. We’ve got our work cut out for us. But we hope we can celebrate Cincinnati with you, once again, at one or more of these exciting events!

THURSDAY, May 25th, 2017
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (Altimeter/IFC Films)
Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Av.. Clifton
5:30pm (social hour) at Mac’s Pizza Pub
6:30pm (Jane’s Walk) to the theater
7:10pm introduction by Spring in Our Steps
7:20 showtime (MORE INFO + TICKETS)
8:50pm panel discussion

Spring in Our Steps is proud to present a special showing of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, a new documentary that celebrates, chronicles, and postulates the legacy of Jane Jacobs as a foundational perspective toward equitable, vibrant, and balanced urban neighborhoods. We’ll walk from Mac’s in Clifton Heights, through alleys, stairways, and streets, to the Esquire Theatre in the Ludlow Business District. Spring in Our Steps will introduce the film, enjoy it with all of our community partners and like minds, and conclude with a 20-minute panel discussion. The latter will feature Margo Warminski of Cincinnati Preservation, Derek Scacchetti of Cincinnati Preservation Collective, and Christian Huelsman of Spring in Our Steps.

We are proud of share this opportunity with the Esquire Theatre, who provided us the flexibility to complement the film with thought provoking activity & discussion. We know that Jane would respect our tribute in what many call Cincinnati’s most complete neighborhood business district.

FRIDAY, May 26th, 2017
Dead End Film Fest
Coral Alley, 124 E 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
7:00pm social
7:45pm DJ set by Margaret Darling
9:00pm short film showcase

We are proud to host another fun filled event in the beautiful space called Coral Alley. Located just a half block west of Main Street in Over-the-Rhine, the alley, originally named German Alley by settlers, will play host to a film screening event at Final Friday OTR. We definitely plan to make the dead end alley nice and bright!

Send us your work! We’re still taking submissions for short film & video art. Send us your links at springinoursteps AT gmail DOT com.

Some of what you can expect at Dead End Film Fest:
• Shorts from Cincinnati Preservation Collective, Phil Armstrong, Loraine Wible, Biz Young, yours truly, and more!
• Tiny buildings from Phil Armstrong (redux from Kleingassefest)
• Hidden space photography from Rick Calkins
• Alley-a-day: The First 100 from Christian Huelsman
• Spinning records from Margaret Darling (7:45p-8:45p)
• Mobiles of past events from Spring in Our Steps
• Scenes of alleys, trams, and stairways from France
• Light refreshments and snacks


SATURDAY, May 27th, 2017
Foxhall/Fairview Switchback Cleanup
Fairview Spring House, Fairview Park Dr.
10:00am cleanup

Led by Spring in Our Steps board member Jules Michael Rosen, this cleanup will focus on an historic switchback trail that once served movement between a spring house that provided fresh water to a hillside pub that preceded annexation of Fairview Heights to the City of Cincinnati. Nestled between Fairview Park and a tiny public alley known as Foxhall Court, we’ll clear overgrowth and fallen wood to create a tidier, safer space. The result will be a respectful sweat on the brow for Cincinnati’s hillside past.

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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