Spring in Our Steps

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

DEDICATION TODAY: Stairway & Alley Signage Project (6/30 at 12 noon)


Contact: Christian Huelsman


CINCINNATI, OH, June 21st, 2017 – The Stairway and Alley Signage Project affects 8 total staircases and alleys, some of which received additional lighting during NEP requests in 2015. A total of 12 concrete pillars with signage are being installed at intersections. The staircases and alleys are crucial pedestrian paths that connect the Over-the-Rhine and Mount Auburn neighborhoods. They are also serve nearby Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, where they are often traversed by students walking to and from school. Identification and increased lighting of these pathways is an effort by Spring in Our Steps and the City to increase pedestrian traffic and safety.

The signs are being installed at pedestrian pathways. The intent is to make visible public intersections that help pedestrians easily traverse the hillsides between the city’s basin and hillside neighborhoods. The system is not biased toward a specific neighborhood identity, but it acts in similar fashion to a street sign, communicating the name of the intersecting stairway and street. Thus, the system could potentially be implemented on other key hillsides.

The concrete columns are being installed in June 2017. Spring in Our Steps will continue to maintain the surface condition of the 8 stairways involved within the scope of the project, regularly organizing volunteer efforts to clear litter, debris, and weeds. The Stairway and Alley Signage Project supports expanded connectivity for pedestrians, through maintenance and enhancement of public stairway and alleyway systems, as cited in PLAN Cincinnati.

Spring in Our Steps is a 501(c)3 organization that has been committed to a brighter future through Cincinnati’s public alleys and stairways, through cleanup events, coordinated activation projects, and comprehensive planning. Since 2012, we have promoted and improved walkable, public pathways to reconnect communities to the city’s greatest cultural assets.

A dedication event will be held at the foot of the Main Street Steps, located at the corner of Main and Mulberry Streets, on Friday, June 30th at noon.



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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