So apparently Alex Shebar is a new Warren County beat writer for the Enquirer. On his blog yesterday he had a post titled "What Are You Thinking, Cincinnati?" A self-described 22 year old and resident of Clifton, in his post he has a problem with the Urban Outfitter store in the old church in Clifton Heights. I guess he thinks it is somehow sacrilege having a commercial establishment in a church building. Well, no it is not. It is a great example of adaptive reuse pure and simple. (I even saw a cool thesis on the subject called "Convert!") In his piece he makes it seem he would rather have an empty church OR a store in cheap, bland, new construction like most of what is around it on William Howard Taft than a commercial business in an old church.
As congregations have moved to the suburbs along with their members, cities all over are faced with boarded up churches. And many have found adaptive reuses: