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Trivia question: stores in which US neighborhood have sold more Pabst Blue Ribbon beer than any other since 2003? If you guessed Brooklyn, NY you’d be correct. But surprisingly, second place goes to Clifton, Ohio.

Located in the north central part of Cincinnati, this community began as an independent village and was later incorporated into the city limits. Clifton is a “streetcar neighborhood,” expanding as a terminus for the streetcar line.

During that time mansions dominated the northern section of Clifton, resting on extensive grounds of gardens and woodlands along Lafayette Avenue. A thriving commercial district grew along Ludlow Avenue.

Today the estates have found new uses or have been demolished. Alexander McDonald’s baronial mansion was demolished in the 1960s to make way for an annex to the Clifton School. Its carriage house occupies a setting opposite the school.

The Clifton School, circa 1906, is the centerpiece of a sprawling regional arts and learning center that offers a nine-acre campus environment to artists of all ages and interests. It was planned in 2004 to save two key historic structures, the Clifton School building and the adjacent McDonald estate carriage house, both scheduled for a sad fate due to municipal initiatives.

The Clifton School is itself a work of art, constructed in the Beaux-Arts style and containing architecturally-significant and historic details such as ornately-tiled Rookwood water fountains and the school’s clock tower, marking Clifton’s geographic center.

A dedicated group of citizens persevered to turn these properties into a multi-venue arts center that encompasses more than 57,000 square feet of historically-significant space.

The Ludlow Avenue business district has been designated Cincinnati’s first “Main Street neighborhood” in a program sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Its side streets are lit using original gas lamps; hence its name, the “Gaslight District.” This district contains trendy shops, restaurants, pubs and a theater specializing in independent and foreign films.

The median household income in Clifton is $37,033. The average estimated value of detached homes here is $421,151, substantially higher than the overall average of $243,258 for Cincinnati as a whole. This is a very settled area, with only four percent of households headed by single parents, compared to Cincinnati’s 14 percent.

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