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Old 02-22-2013, 10:42 PM
Location: canada
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I have been wondering about the relationship between the building of the freeway and the disection of Blair. it runs from a hilltop on west side of Reading Road and ends on the other side of the freeway well into walnut Hills. When was the freeway built. When did the high school become the best public high school in Ohio ? So, the walnut Hills end got a very impressive prep school campus and the Avondale side got... ? I understand there are open boundaries but for Walnut Hills one must test in. Well, that sounds fair ( not ).

How did this contribute to the decline of Reading ?
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:14 PM
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Blair Ave formerly dead-ended on the hillside above Victory Parkway. There was a small wooded area between the cul-de-sac and the parkway which was a much-loved landmark. (Oddly, there's also an unconnected "continuation" of the street - with the same name - east of the parkway and beyond the high school. It's still there with that name even though the western portion was extended southward to Gilbert Ave.) When plans for I-71 were announced there was an outcry over the impending destruction of the trees for an interchange. What ended up satisfying no one was the compromise solution of not building exit ramps but obliterating much of the woods anyway. Farther north, the filthy-rich landed gentry of Indian Hill managed to halt the Cross-County Highway (please don't call it the Reagan Highway) from extending east of Montgomery Rd into their hallowed ground to link with I-275. The far less affluent people of Evanston didn't have the same luxury, so 71 ripped their neighborhood asunder.
Blair has its place in the Jewish history of Cincinnati, for not only did it serve as home for some of the earliest Jewish settlers in the city it was the site of the original Jewish Community Center. (The site was turned over to the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and remains in use.) During the 1950's the JCC followed the majority of its patrons north and was re-established on what oddly had stayed farmland, along Summit Rd on the fringe of Roselawn. Then ongoing demographic shifts led to yet another relocation - to nearby Amberley Village - during the '90s. Vestiges of the Roselawn facility were maintained for such things as English classes for immigrant Russian Jews until even later. After that it was taken over by a short-lived charter school. Presently the "exodus" pattern is being repeated by New Prospect Baptist Church, a Black congregation which has worshiped in Over-the-Rhine for over a century. The church has acquired the property and is in a fund-raising campaign to level the former JCC buildings in favor of some of their own design.
But, I digress. What else is new?
I think that even many native Cincinnatians don't know the right answer to the trivia question, "What city neighborhood is Walnut Hills High School situated in?" Because the correct response is, "Evanston!" Walnut Hills does lie nearby, but I suspect its name was used because it sounded more prestigious. Avondale is also close at hand, so it's not as though it was slighted in terms of proximity to the "exam" high school. In fact it was far from under-represented in the student body - until the Jews began bailing out for greener pastures. (Politically incorrect to say, but true.)
I-71 was only the latest in a chain of events that saw some inner-city neighborhoods take a turn for the worse.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:41 PM
Location: canada
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Default go to the head of the class, goyboy

Thanks, that explains some things. So, Avondale kids went to Walnut Hills , before it was the best in Ohio ? They did not go to the high school across from Swifton village ?

I bet the people at Northwestern think Evanston sounds OK
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:41 AM
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These threads will give you a little more perspective on your questions:

Anyone know the history of Reading Rd.?

What Happened to Walnut Hills Proper?
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:15 AM
Location: canada
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Default Thanks for the old threads

i will read them .
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