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Editorial: For NKY River Cities, 2015 Was Banner Year and 2016 Could Be Even Bigger

For the Northern Kentucky River Cities, 2015 will be hard to top -- but in 2016, it might just happen.

Covington, Newport, Ludlow, Bellevue, and Dayton created much buzz for themselves last year, attracting new attention from visitors, residents, and developers in a volume not seen in decades. 

Make no mistake about it: Northern Kentucky's urban core is alive.

Think about this: The Catalytic Fund, the ambitious $10 million fund that invests in and offers gap financing for urban redevelopment projects, had the wild idea that maybe people would want to take a look at what living in the NKY River Cities is like. "Beyond the Curb" was born, and the walking tours of historic and new living spaces in Covington in the spring and Newport in the fall were massive successes, attracting more than 1,500 people. Ludlow, Bellevue, and Dayton will host tours soon.

Meanwhile, Homefest rocked Dayton, showing that luxury riverfront living on the south side of the Ohio is available in a beautiful setting.

When Covington, Newport, and Bellevue linked into Cincinnati's bike-sharing program, Red Bike, it was an instant success, and added to the vibrant connection between Kentucky and Ohio where the border is blurring for true urban dwellers.

Whether you toasted your neighbors at Braxton Brewing Company in Covington or Second Sight Spirits in Ludlow, there was much to celebrate on the Southbank in 2015. 

Here is a look at the big wins (and some misses) from 2015 and a quick look at the possibilities for 2016.