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NKY Urban Living Tour Turns to Video Series

Northern Kentucky's urban communities are showcased twice each year in a popular walking tour produced by the Catalytic Fund, which has had a significant role in navigating the financing of many significant redevelopment/development projects here.

Beyond the Curb has drawn visitors to Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, and Ludlow, rotating among those cities, showing off old houses that have been restored along with new condos constructed along the riverfront.

But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, such an event is a no-go.

So, the Catalytic Fund has turned the project into a 15-episode video series, three of which were released late last week at BeyondtheCurb.org

“This series is a great way to showcase a variety of interesting houses, condos and apartments in Northern Kentucky," said Jill Morenz, who coordinates the tour. 

The first three episodes profile an historic home in Ludlow, infill housing in Covington, and a shotgun house in Bellevue.

Twelve additional episodes will be released each week through November 6.

“Part of our mission is to market Northern Kentucky’s urban core as a great place to live and work," said Jeanne Schroer, president and CEO of the Catalytic Fund. "This video series helps us achieve this, even though health and safety concerns make in-person tours inadvisable this year.”

The homeowners, realtors, and developers interviewed in the videos share what they love about the five cities.

Les Fultz, owner of Valere Studios, which produced the videos, said that he enjoyed exploring the cities while getting footage for the episodes. “I wanted to live in almost all the properties we filmed,” he said.

Morenz said that the organization is hopeful for a return to in-person tours next year.

“I hope everyone enjoys virtually exploring the properties with us," she said.

-Staff report

Image: Somerset Hall in Ludlow, which is featured in the first episode

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