Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fireside Pizza x Walnut Hills RF = Great Stuff


As our first week of thanks (#TogetherWeGrow) comes to a close, we'd like to solute an outstanding project that was spearheaded by the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation. This one was dynamic, historic and quite tasty — Fireside Pizza.

Oftentimes we hear about and/or read about new developments, but never quite know where they came from, what considerations were made, or even just who was really involved. Did someone swoop in from out of town? Was the community involved in the conversation? Do the tenants fit the neighborhood? The great news, is that this time around everything was done right, mostly thanks to the WHRF and their consistent engagement with the people of Walnut Hills.

If you live in Cincinnati and have ever been to a Crafty Super Market or an outdoor even at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, you may recognize the pizza trailer in this photo. Four or five years ago, that's how Fireside got its start.

They make quick, crispy crust, delicious pies, that you can easily pick up on the run. They get creative with toppings and sauces. They deliver food with a smile. But most importantly, they offer one of the city's few fire-cooked, thin crust pizzas at an extremely affordable price ...and I'm talking starting around $5 affordable.

Still the question remains, how did they find such a perfect brick & mortar location inside one of Cincinnati's most historic locations? That's where the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation (our future PAR-Projects collaborators) stepped in. As fate would have it, Fireside Pizza was looking to expand their on-site catering operation as one of WHRF's most recent rehabilitation projects — the oldest standing firehouse in Cincinnati USA — was nearing completion  ...so please take three minutes to enjoy the video they've put together about this particular piece of historic architecture...


Fired Up: The Restoration of a Walnut Hills Landmark from Walnut Hills Redevelopment on Vimeo.

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As we continue to look forward to working with Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation in 2015, we hope you'll take a moment to like their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter and/or join their email list.

But if you don't feel like being bothered with more positive stories of success and redevelopment, we hope you'll at least take a moment to visit Fireside Pizza at 773 E McMillan Street in Cincinnati, OH. While we were there, we enjoyed a sausage and banana pepper pie with red sauce, as well as a Pesto Plus pizza with mushrooms.

You won't be disappointed!







...and thanks again to team Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation. We're really looking forward to working with you in 2015. Let the good times roll...



Cheers to it all,
Jonathan

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Why even care about a Foundation in Walnut Hills?

"Why even care about a Foundation in Walnut Hills?"
- It seems like a good question at face value.

"I mean really, foundations just donate dollars to kids and stuff ...right?"
- Umm... let's stop there.



A few days ago, we announced we'd be collaborating with the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation in 2015. We thought it would stir up a little more excitement, but then a conversation with the WHRF events coordinator was recalled. Just weeks ago, she mention something to the tune of "We're not even really a 'foundation' in the typical sense, which confuses a lot of people when they see our name."

So, who and/or what is Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation?
- As their website notes:
  • We are the community development corporation serving Walnut Hills and East Walnut Hills.  We believe a quality physical place is a driver of a healthy, safe, thriving community. So, we work to improve the physical environment of our neighborhoods.

But let's look a little deeper...

  • This is a group serving a community that is over 65% minority, with half of the population living under the poverty line.
  • This is a team of men, woman, minorities and not, working together to bring positive change to their community.
  • This an organization that is literally transforming their neighborhood(s) for the better, by rehabbing buildings, hosting community conversations and organizing family-friendly events.
  • This is a team that's helping positive businesses open brick & mortar locations for their community.
  • This is a group of artistic thinkers putting their time to good us.


This is why we hope more folks will get excited about our plans to collaborate on 2015!


Cincinnati Street Food Festival 2014 from Walnut Hills Redevelopment on Vimeo.

Truth be told, we're not exactly sure what our 2015 collaboration will look like yet. But as an organization that shares many of our same views, we only know it'll be designed for the people of the neighborhood, as well as those who may want to check out something new from outside of the neighborhood. And as demonstrated above, if you watched the video, we're especially proud to be partnering with an organization that embraces the diversity of their neighborhood.

That said, please stay tuned for more updates on this collaboration. But if you want to take it on yourself to learn a little more about this group, please follow some of the links below:

+ Like their Facebook page
+ Follow their Twitter account
+ Share your ideas for their new park
+ Sign up for emails on their website 

And please, if you want to help us spread the word, share this post on your favorite social media platform with the hashtag #TogetherWeGrow ...and let everyone know we — PAR-Projects — have lined up a number of exciting collaborations for 2105!


Thanks again for staying tuned,
Team PAR





Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Don't fake it. Collaboration is more than just working together.

You know the term, a picture is worth a thousand words...


When we paused for the picture above, all we knew is that we were enjoying our beverages; we were enjoying our conversation about the future of Cincinnati; we were enjoying sharing thoughts on how each of us was doing our part to help; and maybe most importantly, we were enjoying the work of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation — the creators of September's Food Truck Festival (2014). And for clarity the four different "WEs" represented in this photo are End Slavery Cincinnati, Mortar Cincinnati, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, and us of course (PAR-Projects).

#TogetherWeGrow

Given this information, the motivation of Fuel Cincinnati, plus the title of this post, we've decided to do something a little different as we approach this holiday season of giving. We're giving the spotlight to some folks we've worked with in the past, as well as a few organizations we'll be working with in the future.

In my view, collaboration isn't "Hey buddy, I already do this thing; how about I bring it to your thing and see what happens?" How about not?!? Instead, collaboration, again in my view, is "Hey there, I do this thing. What do you do? Hmm... OK. How can we work together to create something that has a purpose?" The key to this thought process is the togetherness factor. But again, you need to know what each other do to work together. That said, throughout the holiday season, we hope you'll revisit this blog to learn more about our past, present and future collaborators.

How can you help?

Glad you asked...

Every time we highlight someone via Facebook, via Twitter, and/or via this blog, just do the same on your social media channels; but when you do so, make sure to use the #TogetherWeGrow hashtag to make your voice heard. It's free and easy to show your support for our continued support of others ...so why not help us all grow together?!?



Today, we begin our first week of giving by highlighting our fellow Fuel Orbit Challenge competitor, the one and only Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation.

If you already know something great about them, their Beirgartens, their Food Truck Festival or even just the work that they're doing to bring their diverse community together, please share it publicly. Brag on them and use the #TogetherWeGrow hashtag ...as it's too easy not to help.

If you want to learn a little more about this dynamic group, follow any or all of the links below to start learning and sharing about this group. We're excited to bring our hard work to Walnut Hills in 2015, so we hope you'll join us in building positive vibes!

Here's some links...

+ Like their Facebook page
+ Follow their Twitter account
+ Share your ideas for their new park
+ Sign up for emails on their website

And if you like this sort of good energy, be sure to check back here tomorrow, and for the holiday weeks to come, for more updates about some of our favorite people in and around the region.

#TogetherWeGrow

Thanks for the support,

Jonathan Sears
Executive Director
PAR-Projects
parprojects.com






Monday, December 1, 2014

Remembering the warmth.

It's cold out there people...

So as we begin finalizing our collaborations and plans for the warmth of 2015, we thought we'd take a look at some of the major things we've been able to accomplish in our short existence. To help illustrate some of the highlights you may not be aware of, we've put together a few images for your enjoyment. And worth noting, as you'll see, we're especially proud of the development we've been able to spark with our hard work, our volunteers' hard work, plus a bit of creativity and donor support.

That said, after viewing our graphic below, we hope you'll consider joining our current fundraising campaign. For the first time in our history, we're offering affordable memberships, which will help us (finally) raise the extra funds we need to start building an art & education center for Northside, Cincinnati.

So after enjoying some pics, please consider joining us over at...

    + http://bit.ly/par500



We need five hundred, $40 donations to really make a splash next year. Joining team PAR-Projects before your friends do would be a great way to help us build a stronger community. The free access to 15 outdoor film screenings alone, before everything else, will make your investment well worth it.

   + http://bit.ly/par500


Thanks for your consideration!
~ Team PAR-Projects