Over-the-Rhine und Over the Rhine

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Der Bandname Over the Rhine geht zurück auf das Wohnviertel Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio. Die englischsprachige Wikipedia weiß folgendes über den transatlantischen Flecken zu berichten: „(Over-the-Rhine) is believed to be the largest, most intact urban historic district in the United States. (…) It contains the largest collection of Italianate architecture in the United States, and is an example of an intact 19th-century urban neighborhood. Its architectural significance has been compared to the French Quarter in New Orleans, the historic districts of Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina, and Greenwich Village in New York City. Besides being a historic district, the neighborhood has an arts community that is unparalleled within Cincinnati. (…) Over-the-Rhine was voted best Cincinnati neighborhood in CityBeat`s Best of Cincinnati 2011 and 2012.
The neighborhood`s distinctive name comes from its builders and early residents, German immigrants of the mid-19th century. Many walked to work across bridges over the Miami and Erie Canal, which separated the area from downtown Cincinnati. The canal was nicknamed “the Rhine” in reference to the Rhine River in Germany, and the newly settled area north of the canal as “Over the Rhine.” In German, the district was called “über`m Rhein.”
An early reference to the canal as “the Rhine” appears in the 1853 book White, Red, Black, in which traveler Ferenc Pulszky wrote, “The Germans live all together across the Miami Canal, which is, therefore, here jocosely called the „Rhine.“” In 1875 writer Daniel J. Kenny referred to the area exclusively as “Over the Rhine.” He noted, “Germans and Americans alike love to call the district „Over the Rhine.“” The canal no longer exists, but was located at what is now Central Parkway.“


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