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Old 08-02-2011, 12:29 PM
 
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DEFINITELY consider Clifton, Clifton Heights, or Northside! All three are diverse, fun, trendy neighborhoods with a lot of character and a lot to offer.

Clifton - beautiful houses, pretty safe, very family-oriented, mostly liberal, and so many wonderful options for food and entertainment. Home to 3 excellent Indian restaurants, 2 Indian groceries, a Latin-American restaurant, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Mediterranean, and more. Although the main grocery is currently closed, it should be open again by this fall. In addition to great food, there are also many unique and eclectic shops where you can buy moccasins, independent brands, incense, traditional African masks, etc. Housing is on the more expensive end of the three neighborhoods I named, but if you are looking for a long-term place to call home, I can't name a better place to live.

Clifton Heights - where I lived as a very little kid with my family. Right around the University of Cincinnati, very trendy, young, but also a great place to live. I suggest living somewhere off of the main stretch of McMillan and Calhoun streets, to get away from the heaviest traffic and the college students. Very diverse, unique group of people living in this neighborhood. Young, old, rich, poor, singles, couples, and families all gather in the CUF area (Clifton-University-Fairview). Generally housing is cheaper. The streets are pretty steep and at times cramped, especially with snow. But overall Clifton Heights is home to a great blend of people and places.

Northside - a little more weathered than Clifton, Northside is a liberal, young community of cozy houses and crazy personality. Clifton and Northside are on the border of the Eastside/Westside turnover which is pretty important to Cincinnatians. Although neither the East or the West is better, people are always proud of their side of the city. Northside really is the entrance to the Westside and it shows! Working class families blend with artists, musicians, and professionals. Gritty, trendy, and also lots of great food. I suggest Melt, Take the Cake, Sidewinder, the Comet...

Don't just limit yourself to these neighborhoods, though. Definitely check out the Downtown area. Hyde Park is also very nice, but more conservative and high-end. Pleasant Ridge, Eden Park/Walnut Hills, and Oakley/Mt. Lookout, too!

I guess I really like Cincinnati... enjoy and good luck on your search!
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:55 PM
 
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Just as a correction: The other coffee house in Clifton is "Aquarius Star," not "Toku Baru." I'd been working on my thesis proposal for a few hours and was trying to do all of this from memory. Forgive me. :-p

Also, I forgot to mention Olives, which is a pretty cool casual dining place in the old "Ludlow Garage" building.

I hear Proud Rooster is great but I've never been there.

"Ludlow Wines" is the best select wine and beer store I've seen in ages. I love the owner and will soon be looking into joining their gatherings for wine tasting if at all possible.
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