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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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Northside Farmers Market Offers Variety During Winter Months

Farmers' markets are not just for the summer months. If you think that you cannot find fresh local foods in the winter, think again and visit the Northside Farmers Market (NFM) every Wednesday from 4pm-7pm at North Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Avenue

Over 20 vendors offer seasonal produce like greens, squash, carrots, potatoes, onion, sweet potatoes, leeks, and more, along with breads and pastries, fermented foods, nuts, mushrooms, meats, cheeses, eggs, soaps, and crafts. This year, NFM proudly includes a selection of vendors selling gluten-free breads, pizza dough, muffins, scones, and other pastries. Shopping at the farmers market allows customers to meet farmers growing food in the region, to taste the flavors of the Ohio Valley, and to support local businesses.

NFM strives to make healthy local foods accessible to everyone. VISA, MasterCard, SNAP Ohio Direction Card, and WIC transactions are accepted at the Market Info booth. In addition, NFM participates in "Produce Perks," a matching funds incentive program which allows low-income individuals to receive up to $10 each market visit for use on vegetable and fruit purchases.

At each market enjoy live music, kids' activities, cooking and nutrition workshops, Farm To Table chef demonstrations, and fun activities for everyone.

Discover more market events at Northside Farmer's Market.
Or Email Northside Market Manager for information.
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What it's like to live in Northside

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!

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

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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:

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

30 minutes from downtown by bus:

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

35 minutes from downtown by bicycle

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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