Madisonville

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Madisonville, a community plagued by crime more than a decade ago, is now a lot safer as evidenced by a walk down Madison Road near Whetsel Avenue.

That's where a new bakery has opened and the old Fifth Third building has been turned into apartments. Gone are corner drug dealers and prostitutes.

Cincinnati Police gives credit to Citizens on Patrol. The volunteers patrolling thank police.

When WVXU talked with some Madisonville residents in May, they were asked what would make their neighborhood better.

Many said a grocery store.  

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Madisonville got its start in 1809 as Madison, named after the fourth president of the United States, James Madison. 

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

People who live in Madisonville like to say their neighborhood is one of the most welcoming in Greater Cincinnati and also one of the most racially balanced. The community has had population shifts in the past, and appears to be undergoing another change.

Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

Madisonville is one of Cincinnati's largest neighborhoods, but, in 1970, an important part of its heart and soul was paved over and disappeared with barely a trace when the Red Bank Expressway was built.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

WVXU's occasional series on community conversations is exploring the changing landscape of Cincinnati's Madisonville neighborhood. As communities bordering Madisonville - Indian Hill, Mariemont, Madiera - all thrived in the last 50 years, the prosperity wasn't shared. Businesses slowly began to die off as Red Bank Expressway carried shoppers to Hyde Park and Kenwood.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac offers thoughts and prayers to the Frost family but defends the off-duty police officer who shot and killed 20-year old Terry Frost.

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Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon has died of  injuries suffered in battling an early morning fire at a Madisonville apartment complex, according to Mayor John Cranley’s spokesman.

The 54-year-old firefighter reportedly fell down an elevator shaft while battling the four alarm blaze at Kings Tower Apartments. A second firefighter was injured, but his condition is not known.

“We lost a hero today, and we are all mourning,” said Fire Chief Richard Braun. “Daryl lost his life in the line of duty to save others.”

Karen Zanger / Side Streams

If all goes according to plan, there will be 500 vegetable-producing gardens in Madisonville this spring.

Organizers of the 500 Gardens Project want to make sure nobody has to walk further than their own yard to taste vine-ripened tomatoes, peppers and zucchini. Without a car, many residents cannot get to a grocery store easily.

The goal is that one in ten households plant a garden with the help of volunteers.

To get a garden here's what has to happen:

Sylvain Archer: shop owner and musician

Jun 21, 2013
cincinati.com

Sylvain Archer is the owner of the Madisonville shop French Rendez-Vous during the day, but away from the store he’s an accomplished guitarist. He joins Robyn Carey-Allgeyer to discuss his new, all-French CD with his new group, French Axe, recorded in the Corbett Studio at Cincinnati Public Radio, and featuring other top local musicians Eric Sayer on bass, Rob Allgeyer on Hammond organ and accordion and Mark on drums.