Brick by Brick – Podcast

Join us as we dive into the solutions and responses to the social issues impacting communities in Southwest Ohio. The Brick by Brick pod is hosted by Ann Thompson, who is joined by our local journalists. Together they speak to area residents, community leaders and content experts, as well as regional and national scholars and solutionaries. The pod is released twice a month, typically on Wednesdays. Please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, or listen below, and read through our companion articles for each show.

  • Developers are getting creative with empty office buildings. How many of them can be turned into housing? 
    Look around downtown Cincinnati and Dayton and you’ll find plenty of available office space. Dayton’s Fifth Third Bank Center and Stratacache, formerly known as Kettering Tower, sit half empty. In Cincinnati, Atrium I and II have no shortage of available space for lease. And the 27-story URS tower on East Seventh Street was 77-percent vacant before being sold to a developer in March 2024.   Why […]
  • Is a Cincinnati response to out-of-town investors now a national model for preserving local affordable housing?
    Two years after it bought nearly 200 neglected rental properties from an out-of-town real estate company to sell as affordable housing, Cincinnati’s The Port (short for Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority) is still getting attention from many U.S. cities who hope to copy it, including St. Louis, Kansas City and Atlanta. Milwaukee, who also reached out to The Port, is already working to increase […]