Westwood business district

Cincinnati Magazine

Westwood is the city's largest neighborhood in terms of its geographical size, and it's the most heavily populated at 30,000 residents. At one point, it was a crossroads for commerce moving in and out of the city, a place where many large and fashionable homes were built. But, with changes in the city's zoning code in the 1970's and older generations dying off and younger generations moving out, Westwood has seen blight move in.

Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati is likely to give $500,000 to the Madcap Puppets for its plan to remodel a Westwood building into a new performance space.  

Artistic Director John Lewandowski said the project at the former Bell Telephone Exchange Building on Harrison Avenue will also benefit the community.

“How the arts can lead revitalization in a neighborhood like Westwood and how the arts are a critical part of the fabric of our community that helps keep us together and give us pride in our neighborhood and pride in what we’re doing,” Lewandowski said.

City of Cincinnati

Like many Cincinnati neighborhoods, Westwood has been working on plans to revitalize its business district.

Now residents have a chance to share their ideas Saturday during a community meeting.  

John Eby said it’s the culmination of five years of work.

“What we’re asking people to do is to come together as a community and really give us their feedback on their ideas on what should happen within our business district,” Eby said.