40th Anniversary of Impact Neighborhood Spotlight: Avondale
Avondale is BEAUTIFUL
Avondale is home to our world class Zoo, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and UC Health. This neighborhood is part of the 2018 NEP (Neighborhood Enhancement Program).
Special thanks to Patricia Milton, Avondale Community Council President for answering our spotlight questions!
What would people find surprising to learn about this neighborhood?
Avondale is one of the oldest and most populous Cincinnati neighborhoods. Dating back to the 1830s, this vibrant community boasts a collection of Gothic Tudor homes decorated with original Rookwood tile. Avondale has beautiful, tree lined streets and housing architectural gems line the streets. Much of the housing is primed and planned for rehabilitation along with over 100 new housing units being built at market rate and affordable price points.
Avondale is minutes from downtown, Interstates 71 and 75, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University, Avondale’s central location makes it an appealing community for urban living in Cincinnati. The new Martin Luther King Drive 1-71 Interchange opened on August 8, 2017. The $80 million project opens 670 acres of unused land, creating up to 7,000 permanent full-time jobs in the region’s second-largest economic area. In the next 5 years over a billion dollars in construction and redevelopment is planned from Martin Luther King Corridor to the Revitalization of the Burnet Avenue Corridor.
What's your favorite part about living here?
Avondale is not a cookie cutter neighborhood. The diversity of the people who live in the community makes it interesting. There is dedicated leadership in the Community Council, Avondale Development Corporation and other neighborhood organizations to improve the quality of life for Avondale residents. Being a “Healthy” Neighborhood is our priority! We are proud of the Avondale Walking Club which was inducted into the National Black Marathoner’s Association Hall of Fame in 2015, as the oldest organized running club in the nation. Avondale has great green spaces including Fleischmann Gardens, a four-acre park which features beautifully landscaped gardens and the largest ginkgo tree in the state. On the site of the home of Charles Fleischmann, founder of the Fleischmann Yeast Company, the park was given to the city in 1925 by his heirs and expanded in 1976. Avondale has a rich African American heritage and culture and hosts the Black Family Reunion parade each August to the delight of the neighborhood!
What do you want people to know about your neighborhood?
Avondale has a large rental population and we want them to live in beautiful, safe stable housing. We welcome long term residents as an integral part of the fabric of the neighborhood, however attracting homeowners will help to balance generational living in Avondale. Social mobility is the key and building housing options to support families or individuals to start as renters, move to their first home and upgrade staying in the neighborhood is our strategy. Our goal is for grandparents, parents, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles and generations of a family to call Avondale proudly their home.
What is your neighborhood's greatest source of pride?
In recent years the Zoo always includes the community in their expansion plans and is a great community partner helping with landscape and other fabulous projects including Light Up Avondale a Duke Energy grant which will replace LED light bulbs throughout the community saving millions of dollars in energy costs in coming years.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second-oldest zoo in the United States, and opened in 1875. The Reptile House is the oldest zoo building in the United States, dating from 1875. The Cincinnati Zoo was founded on 65.4 acres in the middle of the city. The Zoo hosts more than 1.5 million visitors each year, and continues to set the standard for conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces. The Zoo features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country. Come check out Fiona our baby hippo and the star attraction!