The term, “urban village” is a perfect description of the Northside community in Cincinnati, Ohio; it offers a convenient city location, yet it’s a close-knit, small-town kind of neighborhood. The community is directly north of downtown, centrally located to all of Greater Cincinnati; Northside is only five minutes by car to downtown. Rather take the bus? Northside has the second-largest hub in Cincinnati’s Metro system.
The population of Northside is very racially and economically diverse. The neighborhood has been described as “hip,” “alternative” and “progressive.” Residents here tend to be college students, artists, young professionals and members of the creative class; it is also known as one of Cincinnati’s primary GLBT neighborhoods, and is home to the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Greater Cincinnati.
This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood features a unique blend of classic homes, eclectic and traditional businesses and entertainment venues within walking distance of home. Within only four blocks, visitors can explore numerous shops and restaurants, most of them independently-owned. In the summer months, shoppers can buy organic produce, fresh fruit, eggs and bread at the Northside Farmers Market at Hoffner Park and then relax with a latte or lunch. Northside has been noted as one of the best dining neighborhoods in Cincinnati.
A popular event in Northside is the Second Saturday. Visitors can view art on display, shop and eat as the business district features new art openings, later retail hours, later restaurant hours, longer happy hours, interactive events and additional food, drink and promotional specials that vary monthly.
The Northside Community Council, with more than 200 members, is one of the largest and most active in the city. Its members are dedicated to making Northside the best place to live in Cincinnati. When the Northside’s streetscape needed refurbishing, activists raised over $4,000,000 to make it happen. Citizens on Patrol volunteers walk Northside’s streets and keep the neighborhood safe.
Northside’s community features a garden co-op that provides access to fresh, healthy food for all residents in the community. The neighborhood also offers a volunteer bicycle co-op that promotes and provides cycling to residents.
Northside has many attractive parks including Hoffner Park, at the center of Northside and the site of numerous festivals; Jergen’s Park, a favorite for families with children; and Mt. Airy Forest, the largest park in Cincinnati.