Walnut Hills


Using monthly live storytelling events, short documentary videos and community engagement work, Cincy Stories hopes to build and strengthen listening, understanding and empathy within our communities. Thanks to a grant from the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, the organization is launching a new Street Stories website and opening a Story Gallery where visitors can watch the stories of others, and share tell their own stories.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has a busy year ahead.  Acting District 8 deputy director Gary Middleton announced the beginning of the construction season Monday afternoon.

“To many Ohioans, construction season means orange barrels and potential delays,” Middleton says.  “However construction season means more than that.  It’s an investment in our state’s transportation system that is vital to our economy and vital to job creation in Ohio.”

Barbara Gray welcomes in local glass artist Risa Sreden Prince to talk about the Essex Studios, the artist collective/gallery in Walnut Hills that hosts its first Art Walk of the year on March 6-7.

Preserving while developing in Walnut Hills

Oct 24, 2014
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With revitalization already underway in Over-the-Rhine, many people are looking for opportunities in other, nearby neighborhoods.  But, there are those who don't want growth to come at the expense of history.

The Cincinnati Preservation Association commissioned a study to learn what buildings could be saved in Walnut Hills.  They hired Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics, a Washington D.C. consultant firm to survey the neighborhood.  Rypkema presented some of his findings at the annual Cincinnati Preservation Association's Fall Forum, Friday afternoon.

A revitalization study of Cincinnati's Walnut Hills neighborhoods gets underway Tuesday afternoon.  

Margo Warminski with the Cincinnati Preservation Association called it a data driven planning tool.

“It was created in response to the issues in older industrial cities that have lots of population and job loss mostly in the Midwest and East but elsewhere,” Warminski said.  “And as a result they’ve got large inventories of vacant, often decaying, buildings many of which are historic and often they’re torn down without an overall plan.”

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The Cincinnati Recreation Commission is making changes to its city pool policy following the drowning of a 10-year-old Walnut Hills boy at Bush Pool this month, and recommendations by City Council.

Effective immediately, children ages 7 to 11 have to be supervised by an adult. Particulars spelled out in a memo say this:

Cincinnati officials have announced that East Price Hill and Walnut Hills have been selected for this year’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program.  

The two areas were selected based on a number of factors.  Those include: building code violations, vacant buildings, disorder and drug calls for police service and drug arrests, as well as graffiti, junk cars, litter and weeds.

10th Anniversary at Manifest Gallery

Nov 22, 2013

Jason Franz, artist, curator, director and founder of Walnut Hill’s Manifest Gallery, joins our Jane Durrell for a preview of their upcoming 10th anniversary season and to talk about the gallery’s mission and recently expanded exhibit space.

The arts scene on Woodburn Ave. in Walnut Hills continues to grow, and new boutiques and galleries are opening regularly. The next Walk on Woodburn is scheduled for July 12, and local artist Annie Bolling has started The Gallery Project to introduce young people to a wide variety of art forms. Jane Durrell welcomes in Annie Bolling to talk about her project and the resurgence of Woodburn Ave.

Aritist-in-Residence Tyler Wilkinson

Mar 15, 2013
Nikita Gross Photography

For the first time in its existence, Cincinnati’s Manifest Gallery has engaged an artist-in residence. Painter Tyler Wilkinson has been working with the gallery for some time, so he joins our Jane Durrell in the studio to discuss the experience so far, the type of work he’s been doing, and what he hopes to accomplish before his residency is completed.

Walnut Hills residents who want to keep a YMCA facility open in their neighborhood have until today to respond to a deal that will do that. 

A couple Cincinnati Council Members worked on the agreement with YMCA officials. 

Wendell Young said it keeps the Melrose Y open for two more years with additional hours and funding. 

In 2015, the community can take over the facility if it doesn't like the Y's plan for it.

Cincinnati Council will vote Wednesday on plans to provide tax breaks for neighborhood projects in Walnut Hills and Linwood.  

The Walnut Hills project calls for adding 24 market rate rental units and two commercial spaces in buildings located on Walnut Street and East 15th Street.  

The developer said right now the structures are uninhabitable.  The total construction cost for this project is about $432,000.

Jay Hanselman / Melrose YMCA

Some members of the Melrose YMCA in Walnut Hills are asking Cincinnati officials to help restore hours at the facility.

About two dozen speakers, including Victoria Evans, voiced their concerns Wednesday to the weekly City Council meeting.

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The process of converting McMillan and William Howard Taft to two-way traffic in Walnut Hills begins this weekend. 

Cincinnati transportation officials and neighborhood leaders have been working for a year on the plan to change both streets between I-71 and Victory Parkway. 

McMillan Street is scheduled to be repainted and converted to two-way Saturday.  The work on Taft is planned for next Saturday. 

Clarence Taylor is the President of the Walnut Hills Area Council.  He welcomes the return of two-way traffic.