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Stepping Out Downtown


7am to midday Aug 03, 2019

Riverfront locations

Cincinnati's annual Paddlefest begins on the Ohio River at 7am on Saturday, April 3!

There will be two groups of racers (4.2 or 9 miles) and a group of casual paddlers (9 miles) on the 9-mile course. Put-in is at Schmidt Re

Party On The Purple

Wednesdays through Aug 08, 2019

Purple People Bridge

Out and about on a Wednesday night this summer? See festivities and live bands every Wednesday evening on the Purple People Bridge, from 6pm to 11pm. More details as well as band and food truck information at http://purplepeoplebridge.com

Be Sure to See…

Help Stop Panhandling. Cincinnati has a very detailed law controlling panhandling. See how it protects you. Additionally, here is a helpful brochure on how you, your neighbors and your colleagues can make change without providing spare change.

Secure Your Vehicle. Learn more about how you can better secure your vehicle with this downloadable brochure from the Cincinnati Police Department.

Don’t Miss Today…

Washington Park Roots Revival: The Tillers
7pm Jul 18, 2019
Washington Park more…

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Membership has its benefits! A growing number of downtown merchants offer discounts to DRC members. See our current list. Why not join today?

We Meet Monthly

Please join us at our monthly meetings – 6 pm the second Tuesday in the Public Library Tower Room. Minutes for our last 12 meetings are available here.

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Starting June 1, the Downtown Ambassadors got a new look! They will now wear green shirts, rather than the orange and red shirts you might have seen in the past.

With 3CDC and DCI logos on their shirts, the Ambassadors will be easy to identify throughout Downtown Cincinnati.

The Ambassadors patrol the streets on foot, operate a sidewalk sweeper and provide guides, maps and friendly assistance to visitors. The Ambassador team supports the Central Business Section of the Cincinnati Police Department, a community-policing program with an additional complement of officers dedicated to the central business district and housed at the Welcome Center at The Banks.  
DCI’s Ambassadors provide services throughout the district from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Thursday; Friday, 6 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Ambassadors are happy to provide safety escorts to downtown destinations. To arrange an escort, call the Ambassador Hotline at (513) 623-3429.  Call the Hotline if you have questions or concerns, need directions or a map to a downtown destination. This free service is available to everyone. In an emergency, always call 911.

Our Downtown on the Move

Downtown Cincinnati is now home to over 6,000 residents, with more arriving every month as new condos and apartment homes are completed. The Downtown Residents Council works to develop a community atmosphere, conducts projects to improve the quality of life, and voices concerns of residents at City Hall.

We work closely with the Police Department on safety issues and Downtown Cincinnati Inc. and 3CDC on development and promotion efforts.

Help Us Stop Graffiti! Call it in!
If you see graffiti on a building, sidewalk, rack, etc. please help us get rid of it ASAP. The longer graffiti stays up, the greater the invitation for more. Please contact 3CDC Safe and Clean Manager David Vissman when you see graffiti. David will dispatch a team to photograph it, report it to the police and remove it. David’s number is 8598-866-5224.

Ambassador Hotline. To contact a 3CDC Safe and Clean Ambassador, call their hotline at: 513-623-3429. In an emergency, always call 911.

Meet Your New Board Members

Jackie Bryson
I have been a downtown resident for 6 years and have a true passion for this city, its history, renaissance and future. I currently publish the Downtown Residents Council Newsletter dedicated to keeping downtowners up to date on events. In addition I volunteer with the Riverside Food Tours, Shakespeare Theatre, Cincinnati Visitor’s Center. I believe that the DRC has a huge role in the future of downtown and its residents I would like to contribute to the DRC’s efforts to improve Downtown Cincinnati particularly for its residents.

Jan Hirlinger
I am currently renting a suite at Hair@633 on Main Street where I cut men’s and women’s hair. I joined the DRC in 2017. I love the information I receive in a short, concise time – 1 hour, and I love the social aspect that the DRC offers. I like that the DRC helps give back to the city in simple, practical ways. I am interested in joining the DRC board because I feel that I should give back as well and I can provide an insight to the opportunities and challenges of being a small business owner in Downtown Cincinnati.

David Ostrander
I am a long-time resident of SW Ohio and in February of 2018 I moved to Downtown Cincinnati. In March I began attending DCR meetings and appreciated that the DRC provides the ability to stay informed and make a presence in the community. I have 34 years experience with the University of Dayton including roles on many committees and additionally on the board of a local sports organization. I would like to use these experiences to contribute to both the DRC and Downtown Cincinnati. I already help the DRC Events Chair with the regular Social Evenings.

Carol Parobek
I moved to Downtown Cincinnati in November of 2016 and was impressed with the DRC especially its monthly meetings and weekly newsletter. Currently I volunteer at the Visitor Center, the Playhouse in the Park, the Main Library gift shop and I periodically work at Duke Convention Center at the information desk. In addition I help at Rothenberg Elementary on programs with the special needs and kindergarten class for the rooftop garden. I would like to join and assist the DRC board.

Barbara Smurda
I moved to Cincinnati for college at UC, and never left. I have worked in Greater Cincinnati primarily as a public health nurse for over 35 years. After retiring in 2013 I moved downtown to Current at the Banks and try urban living. However, I knew no one who lived downtown. Being a member of the DRC has yielded many friends. Currently I deliver DRC appreciation “snack” baskets to the area police. I believe that being a DRC board member would enhance my experience and knowledge of Downtown enabling me to help others enjoy Downtown.

Esther Wing
I am a public servant working as a Deputy Clerk for Hamilton County.  On weekends I can be found working at a boutique benefiting the nonprofit Dress for Success. My professional experience as an Executive Assistant provided me with great opportunities expanding my knowledge in marketing, insurance, non-profits, startups, social services, reentry advocacy and event organization. I want to join the DRC board because I love this city. I want to get people excited about the great things going on in Cincinnati.