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“The Heart of Downtown”
Review of Fountain Square

Fountain Square
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Ranked #12 of 189 things to do in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Lunchtime on the Square is the best in people watching! The actual fountain is a magnificent sculpture that was highlighted in the 70's sitcom called "WKRP in Cincinnati". Pigeons are a bit of a problem, but the city continually works on it. When I lived in Cincinnati in the 80's, I loved commuting. The bus would drop off at Fountain Square and I would walk a block to work. I have the very best memories of that time. I love the visits back to this stomping ground.

Thank kmgIL
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

The square had a beautiful fountain with statues that were unusual. Flowers were placed all around in pots. A band was playing there that night. Restaurants surround the square.

Thank Thomas M
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

On the afternoon we visited, a band was playing and the baseball was played on the bigscreen. A fun amosphere ensured, we, like so many others took a photo of the fountain.

Thank viatalium
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Fountain Square is arguably the single best hallmark of Cincinnati.

Fountain Square has been the symbolic center of Cincinnati since 1871, and there is a mammoth parking lot under Fountain Square.

We cannot comprehend those who espouse a nefarious view in regard to Fountain Square.

The actual Fountain was a gift to Cincinnati from Henry Probasco, who traveled to Munich and commissioned a bronze allegorical fountain from Ferdinand von Miller. The Fountain was renovated in 1971 and 2005, and will require on-going maintenance. Cincinnati is a sadder city during renovation.

We greatly enjoy a high room at the Westin and pay a premium price for a view of Fountain Square.

We enjoy using the title, The Queen City in various successful attempts to bring both regional and national conventions to Cincinnati.

It seems to us that Fountain Square is representative of the rich history of the city and of its people.

Fountain Square is dead center Cincinnati to many venues, shops, hotels, and restaurants.

Fountain Square is host to many Cincinnati festivals. Indeed Cincinnati would not be Cincinnati without Fountain Square.

One of our favorite views is from a window table at McCormick’s and Schmidt’s.

2  Thank SavantIII_11
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

OK I know that this is an important public space for downtown cincinnati, but on an average day it has the ambience of a prison exercise yard, with a subtle underlying sense of menace.

I've visited this space quiet few times and have been trying to understand why it disturbs me so much. Maybe it's a combination of the dark grey paving slabs and buildings, the uneven square surface with a complex set of steps and ramps, no clear lines of sight, and brooding ugly buildings looming over the space on 3 sides. The boxy restaurants impinging on one corner also prevent clear lines of sight across the "yard".

The fountain in the square is reminiscent of the Renaissance style but the statues and stone are very dark enhancing the grim atmosphere in the square.

Cincinnati deserves a beautiful central public space for humans to enjoy. Any half way competent architect could redevelop this space to be a real credit to Cincinnati. As it stands the square is the perfect place to hold public executions, not to relax or enjoy the city buzz.
Conclusion: visit Graeters ice cream parlor, then go sit in one of the city's other parks.

1  Thank Massimo F
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