Sunday, March 05, 2006

 

Northside Rocks

I really hope the progress continues in Northside. It is an amazing community, with a unique model of creating success out of small business and true economic and racial diversity. It's something that is talked about a lot, but rarely done well.

I will be the first to say that Northside still has some strides to make, but what they have today, and what they have on the drawing board is impressive. When you look at the Hamilton Ave business district there is an amazing collection of small business. You have the best music store in the city - Shake It Records. You have a great assortment of restaurants: Melt, Honey, Slim's, Potluck and others. You have two of the best neighborhood bars in Cincinnati, Northside Tavern and the Comet. It also have a local bank, a local drug sture, a local hardware store, a local independent bookstore and the list goes on. As does the renovation to the business district, paving the way to further business development.

Now what they need is real progress on housing. Apartments, condos and homes need to ramp up with the business development. The story today in the Enquirer talks about American Can renovation project, they need more just like that to continue their turn-around.

Comments:
What bookstore?

I'm still sad we lost the one on Ludlow.
 
Hobo Books is on Hamilton Ave. A lovely book market & the owners are eager to please & cherish your business.

I'd like to see a broader scope of diversity in Northside. Equal number black & equal number white does not define diversity. The community has plenty of room for peoples of other cultures & backgrounds. Although the gay & lesbian residents have raised the bar on civic duty in the community, Northside needs to be marketed to other people, including Senior Citizens, who help add texture to the community tapestry.
 
Joe...u gotta buy that place across the street from Shake It!
 
Is the place across the street from Shake it for sale>
 
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