Downtown Cincinnati

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Downtown Cincinnati as seen from Mt. Adams
Kroger headquarters
Procter & Gamble headquarters

Downtown Cincinnati is the central business district of Cincinnati, Ohio, and one of its 52 neighborhoods.

Geography[edit]

Downtown Cincinnati is laid out on a basin on the Ohio River, surrounded by steep hills.[1] Downtown Cincinnati's streets are arranged on a grid. Streets are split between the east and west by Vine Street.[2] Bridges from Downtown Cincinnati span the Ohio River across to Covington and Newport in Kentucky.

Often considered to be the heart of Cincinnati, Fountain Square is located in the center of the Central Business District. The 1871 dedicated Tyler Davidson Fountain stands prominently on the often busy city square. Other city parks located Downtown are Lytle Park and Piatt Park. The Backstage District that sprang up around the Aronoff Center contains nightlife and dining options.

Cityscape[edit]

Downtown Cincinnati is marked by its large collection of historic architecture and contains several historic districts and dozens of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places listings in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

All but one of the twenty-five tallest buildings in Cincinnati are located in Downtown Cincinnati. The Carew Tower has a public observation deck on the forty-ninth floor.

Culture[edit]

Downtown Cincinnati is an increasingly residential area with former commercial space, such as Park Place at Lytle, being converted into luxury condos.[3]

Museums downtown include the high-rise Contemporary Arts Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Taft Museum of Art.

The Banks is a waterfront mixed-use development hosting bars and restaurants. It is especially crowded following games at the adjacent Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park, the stadiums of the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds.

Economy[edit]

Downtown has long been the economic hub of Cincinnati.[4] In the mid-nineteenth century 16 of the city's 24 banks were located on Third Street near the busy Public Landing river port. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the center of business activity moved to Fourth Street,[5] closer to where it remains today.

Kroger, Macy's, Inc., The E.W. Scripps Company, Fifth Third Bank, and Procter & Gamble are all headquartered in Downtown Cincinnati.

The Duke Energy Convention Center is the convention center of Cincinnati. Opened in 1968, it offers 750,000 square feet of meeting space.

Local government[edit]

The historic Cincinnati City Hall is located downtown on Plum Street. The Hamilton County Courthouse is connected to the Hamilton County Justice Center via a skybridge.

Media[edit]

The Cincinnati Enquirer, the daily citywide newspaper, has its headquarters downtown, as does the alternative newspaper Cincinnati CityBeat.

Transportation[edit]

Downtown is a transportation hub for the entire region. Downtown is served by Fort Washington Way which connects interstates 71 and 75 with Route 50.

Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority operates public transportation with its transit hub at Government Square. The Cincinnati streetcars is an ongoing project to restore streetcar service to the city.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Winternitz, Felix et al (2007). Insiders' Guide to Cincinnati. Globe Pequot. p. 5. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  2. ^ Felix Winternitz & Sacha DeVroomen Bellman (2007). Insiders' Guide to Cincinnati. Globe Pequot. p. 24. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  3. ^ Ball, Jennifer (Jun 2007). "Selling Points". Cincinnati Magazine. p. 87. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  4. ^ Jones, Kent et al (Jul 18, 2011). Historic Downtown Cincinnati. Arcadia Publishing. p. 81. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  5. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1943). Cincinnati, a Guide to the Queen City and Its Neighbors. p. 156. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 

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Coordinates: 39°6′N 84°31′W / 39.100°N 84.517°W / 39.100; -84.517