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With a unique blend of classic homes, eclectic and traditional businesses and entertainment venues, and a long tradition of community activism, Northside is the place to be for those who want an urban environment, yet also want to connect with their neighbors just as if they lived in a small town.

Pedestrian Friendly

Cash a check at the bank, pick up the latest record or CD from your favorite artist, get your hair styled, do an art project that will engage your children, browse the hippest fashions, play in the park, get your bicycle tuned up, shop for antiques, musical instruments, imported furniture, hardware, craft beers, or vintage clothes, get a tattoo, get a prescription filled, check out a book or dvd at the library, buy organic produce, fresh fruit, eggs and bread, and then relax with a latte over lunch – all within four blocks!  If you live in Northside, that’s just a sample of what our 'downtown' has to offer, all within walking distance of your home.


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The Northside Farmers Market is Open for the season at North Presbyterian Church - 4222 Hamilton Avenue

The winter Northside Farmers Market has fresh picked fruit and vegetables from local farms, a Farm-to-Table demonstration, live music, family-friendly activities from Happen, a great playground, and crafts.
Be sure to stop by with the whole family to enjoy produce, dinner, dessert

Discover more market events at Northside Farmer's Market.
Or Email Northside Market Manager for information.
Come join us on Facebook, too !

The Northside Second Saturday

NEW, exciting, awesometown, fun times on the 2nd Saturday of each month in Northside! Next Saturday? Saturday, November 8th!

Come see art, shop, imbibe and eat in one of Cincinnati's most creative and diversified neighborhoods on the 2nd Saturday of every month! Northside Second Saturdays will feature new art openings, later retail hours, later restaurant hours, longer happy hours, interactive events and additional food, drink and promotional specials that will vary monthly.
Or Email info for information.
Read more on Facebook.

The Northside Welcome Guide is Out!

The brand spanking new Northside Welcome guide is out! The third edition of this great enighborhood guide is the best yet and is an invaluable resource for anybody looking to get to know Northside better. Join us at Mayday on Saturday, June 22nd for the release party.

The Northside Welcome Guide can be picked up at various locations throughout our neighborhood. If you absolutely positively need it right now, you can download it here.

Thanks to everybody who helped put this together!


We're updating the 2006 Comprehensive Land Use Plan!

Northside is updating the 2006 Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Decisions made from this process will affect the future direction of Northside. This is important, and we want your input!

For more information please feel free to contact:
James Weaver | City Planner
City of Cincinnati | Department of City Planning and Buildings
Two Centennial Plaza | 805 Central Avenue, Suite 720 | Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-352-4882 (p) | 513-352-4853 (f) |

You can also take our survey at

Preliminary renderings of the Myron Johnson property unveiled.

You can read more about it at Building Cincinnati See the renderings here: One, Two, Three, Map Groundbreaking will be May 28 @ 10:00 AM

Hamilton Avenue Road to Freedom

The Hamilton Avenue Road to Freedom is an historically accurate map detailing the Northside and College Hill neighborhoods of Cincinnati and the cities of North College Hill and Mt. Healthy involvement with the Underground Railroad. Presented in collaboration between the residents of Northside, the College Hill Historical Society, the North College Hill Historical Society, and the Mt. Healthy Historical Society and research provided by Betty Ann Smiddy, author and historian, and Kathy Dahl, Cincinnati Park Board naturalist, in an effort to share and preserve unique Underground Railroad histories for future generations.

See renderings of the Northside Skate Park

Click to see image 9, image 8, image 7, image 6, image 5, image 4, image 3, image 2

Chase School Wishlist

The Education Committee is starting a "Wishlist" on behalf of Chase Elementary. For details, check out the main page for the Education Committee.

Parks and Green Space

An urban village wouldn’t be complete without parks and green space.  Northside has many attractive parks and woods, complete with hiking trails:

  • Hoffner Park – at the center of Northside and the site of numerous festivals
  • Jergen’s Park – a favorite for families with children.
  • Mt. Airy Forest – the largest park in Cincinnati
  • Parker's Woods*
  • Buttercup Valley*
  • Badgeley Run Park*
  • Bradford-Felter Tanglewood*

* All kept in their natural state.

Community Activism

  • When Northside was threatened with being cut in half by a freeway connector between Hamilton Avenue and I-74, activists rallied and fought for forty years until the project was finally cancelled.
  • When the Northside’s streetscape needed refurbishing, activists raised over $4,000,000 dollars to make it happen.
  • In 1999, when Kirby Avenue residents informed Northside Community Council that in they had been promised curbs, gutters, new sidewalks, and additional storm water intakes on Kirby Avenue in 1977, the community rallied and the City responded with 4.5 million dollars for the Kirby Avenue Project.
  • Citizens on Patrol volunteers walk our streets and keep the neighborhood safe.
  • Our Community Problem-Oriented Policing group is working closely with the police to solve problems in our neighborhood.
  • With over 200 members, the Northside Community Council is one of the largest and most active in the city.  Its members, committees and affiliates are all dedicated to making Northside the best place to live.
Photo by Mark Christol  

Great Location

Northside is centrally located to all of Greater Cincinnati:

By car:

- 5 minutes from downtown
- 2 minutes from I-75
- 2 minutes from I-74
- 4 minutes from I-71
- 15 minutes from I-275

By bus:

- Northside has the second-largest hub in the Metro system.

In short, if you are looking for an urban setting with a small-town feel, where neighbors know and care about one another, then Northside is the neighborhood for you.  But don’t just take our word for it…

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