On Monday night, Terry Murphy walked to the YMCA in Downtown Cincinnati to swim after work. Tuesday night, Terry and his wife, Isabella, walked to Christ Church Cathedral to serve dinner to the needy, which they do every week.

On the Wednesday night of that week in December, they caught This Wonderful Life at Playhouse in the Park. On Thursday"¦well, you get the picture.

"We're very busy here," says Isabella, an artist and chef who is in her 60s, as is her engineer husband. And most of their activities revolve around city life.

If you live in the great suburban beyond, stopping by Downtown only for a game or big show, it's hard to imagine the people who live among the bright lights and consider this their neighborhood. But the condo stock in Greater Downtown has exploded over the past year, with a 26 percent increase in the number of existing or under-construction condos just from first quarter to third quarter 2006, according to Downtown Cincinnati Inc.]

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