Nestled between I 74 and I 75, practically surrounded by several parks, north and slightly west of downtown Cincinnati, Northside calls itself an "urban village."
A "real" population began to develop in the 1820s with the development of the Miami-Erie Canal and the CH&D Railroad. This area, originally named Cumminsville, became known as a place Cincinnatians could visit to get away from the city.
After WWII, industry exploded, and the highway system became well developed. People no longer had to live near their work. Thus began the exodus to more rural areas, and Cumminsville declined.
Northside (name changed a few decades ago) has experienced a renaissance in recent years. The community strives to be a hip, holistic, diverse, and sustainable environment, providing a variety of cultural, work, and educational opportunities.
courtyard outside Melt
Independently owned restaurants abound.
inside chairs at Take the Cake
Northside official website
Take the Cake restaurant
photos by me © 2010