Northside Community Council: Trends That Will Shape Northside in 2016

1. Women & Minority-Owned Businesses

Northside has long been a stronghold for small, creative, locally-owned businesses. Now we are seeing a surge in women and minority-owned storefronts. With the latest additions – Chocolate Bee, Moreau Sewing, Darou Salam, Natural Girl – we are now home to over 30 woman or minority-led storefronts.

2. Biggest development boom in 100 years

Northside continues to see an increase in development in the forms of continued building and restoration throughout the neighborhood. The Gantry is the face of the development boom, but if you look closer, nearly every block has renovations underway.  We expect to see over 200 living units added to Northside in 2016.

3. Social Inclusion – keeping it Northside

In light of all of this development, the NCC is strategizing how to keep this a neighborhood for all types of people. Efforts include Apple Street Market, affordable housing for seniors, potential land trust partnerships, free WiFi access for neighbors, and more. NCC continues to address the need for stronger communication, participation, and representation of all people that call Northside home.

4. Emerging Schools of Northside

With the new Cincinnati Public Schools lottery system, many parents met Northside’s schools for the first time – and liked what they saw. Parker Woods Montessori anticipates an increase in enrollment as Northside’s only magnet school. Our community school, Chase Elementary, was recognized last year for the big strides it’s making. We are counting on Northside parents to give the schools the support they deserve.

5. Environmental Sustainability Efforts

Environmental sustainability continues to be a priority of Northside residents, developers, and businesses. Northside was recently one of six cities nationwide that was awarded a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND). The LEED-ND program highlights developing neighborhoods with a focus on alternative modes of transportation, resource efficiency, and community engagement.

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Ollie Kroner
About Ollie Kroner (5 Articles)
A resident of Northside most of his life, Ollie is president of the Northside Community Council and is an Environmental Scientist with the TERA Center.

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