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Old 01-24-2009, 12:48 AM
 
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It seems like I always hear or see Hyde Park popping up in the forums. I live in the Cinci metro area right now but I'm planning to move to a neighborhood actually in Cincinnati. Since Hyde Park has been mentioned a lot, I decided to check out the area. I like the feel of the area but I was not able to get a real good feel for the neighborhood because the days I strolled through, it was really cold out so there weren't a lot of people out and about. I'm a single, 23 year old black male looking for a diverse neighborhood that is fairly safe and has a some Cinci transplants from different states "sprinkled" in the area. I'm thinking of living in Hyde Park Commons on Allendorf Dr. and wanted to know if you guys think Hyde Park would be a decent fit for what I'm looking for?
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Old 01-24-2009, 04:45 AM
 
Location: South of Cincy
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Location, location, location. Hyde Park is a nice neighborhood and central to Cincinnati. You're about 15 minutes from anywhere. In the spring and summer, you cannot drive through without seeing several joggers throughout the area. It's expensive, but very nice.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Hyde Park's a safe community, but "diversity" around there is defined as being Catholic - LOL! It's overwhelmingly WASP and preppie with a business district which reflects that: high-end clothing stores, meat-market bars, etc. Some notable "ethnic" restaurants are there, but they're of the silverware-and-linen-tablecloth variety. For everyday grocery shopping, Hyde Park Plaza (tucked away in a corner of the neighborhood adjoining Oakley) has a Kroger's.

A recent thread questioned why Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, an uber-WASP golf/tennis/spa resort, seemed to be so popular. The TO's screen name included Hyde Park's ZIP code (45208) which explained what'd prompted the inquiry. If you don't "know" Hilton Head or its related vacation spots in the Southeast, or the islands off northern Michigan, or the hot ski resorts of the world, what places do you know? Where do you "summer" and spend the holidays? Do you mean to tell me you've never attended college? And you're not an attorney or a physician or a P & G'er, and not in advertising or finance? I think you know where I'm going with this. Hyde Park "profiling" dissects your economic status and prospects first and foremost, as the citizens are far too polite and sophisticated to bring race into the picture. They generally couldn't care less about what you look like as long as you think and act just like they do. All the same, realize that being followed around stores and having passersby on the sidewalk assume you're lost comes with the territory.

If I were in your shoes, I'd walk away from Hyde Park and turn toward East Walnut Hills, Northside, Oakley, or maybe Clifton. There's more of a hodgepodge of humanity in those areas and a lot less pretentiousness.
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:35 AM
 
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Allendorf drive is off Brotherton, right? In that case, you would be more connected to Oakley than Hyde Park (although I struggle with the distinction myself most of the time). Also, that whole Brotherton/Marburg/Ridge area is probably the least attractive streetscape in the area and less reflective of the upscale image often associated with the neighborhoods.

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A recent thread questioned why Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, an uber-WASP golf/tennis/spa resort, seemed to be so popular. The TO's screen name included Hyde Park's ZIP code (45208) which explained what'd prompted the inquiry.
That would be me.

Anyway, I think your analysis of Hyde Park is perhaps dated? Maybe it used to be that way? In my brief experience, the neighborhood is full of transplants from other regions and countries. That's hardly conducive to a culture of conformity, as the residents are often from vastly different places and cultures.

Now, I have noticed that most everyone here has a college degree (or higher) which I think is really nice. However, if someone has hangups about that sort of thing, I can understand why Hyde Park could evoke all those feelings of exclusion. However, I would suggest those are merely feelings, rather than reality.

Perhaps compared to Cincinnati's huge Catholic population Hyde Park seems WASPy? I'm neither a WASP nor a Catholic, but I've noticed plenty of both. (Not that you can actually tell - rather, I can see them going to their respective Churches). It sounds like you are using "WASP" as a negatively loaded term? Regarldless, as a non-WASP living in HP I can certainly say that the neighbors are super friendly and not exclusionary in any way!
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Hartwell--IN THE City of Cincinnati
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If I were in your shoes, I'd walk away from Hyde Park and turn toward East Walnut Hills, Northside, Oakley, or maybe Clifton. There's more of a hodgepodge of humanity in those areas and a lot less pretentiousness.
Amen GoyGuy...way to be a trend setter instead of a follower...
Sorry Hyde Park folks, like the area but I am SOOO tired of hearing about it on this forum. There are so many wonderful and unique neighborhoods in the City (and outside the City), you just have to get out there and find what works best for you. I grew out of wanting to be apart of "clicky" things in High school and that is what I think about Hyde Park, clicky. Oh, and overpriced. Sorry.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:58 AM
 
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I love Hyde Park but as others have said - It gets old hearing about it. I moved to Cincinnati last summer and my husband and I were told that Hyde Park was the place to be. We're in our 20's and have great jobs, but Hyde Park is just too expensive. We are renting downtown right now, which is great - tons to do and everything is walking distance. But we recently purchased our first house in Cincinnati and decided to go with Norwood. I've heard good and bad about Norwood, but it's a stone's throw to Hyde Park and Oakley but not nearly as expensive. We're near Rookwood, which has great restaurants and shopping and the area is growing every day. Don't count out Norwood...
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I don't get the "halo" that's been drawn around it, myself. Hyde Park is overpriced and overhyped, if you ask me. It's nice, but ... dang. You can get more for your money elsewhere.

And it certainly isn't all that safe: I've known people who lived in Hyde Park who were victims of crime more than once, yet I could leave the back door unlocked -- sometimes even wide open -- on my modest little bungalow in Madisonville, and never had a problem.

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Hyde Park's a safe community, but "diversity" around there is defined as being Catholic - LOL!
*snort*
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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Yeah, i mean Hyde Park is a nice safe neighborhood, close to everything and has a lot going on. However, its pricey. There really isnt anything you get in Hyde Park that you dont get in Norwood and you save a lot of money. Lower rent or a lot more house for your buck. Norwood doesnt have the same "wow" factor when you tell people where you live as Hyde Park but thats changing. Dont blow off Norwood and Oakley for that matter. There are areas that are less desirable by others but it should be investigated at least. I bet a lot of Hyde Parkers if you set them down on my street wouldnt be able to tell where it was.

G Man
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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I love Hyde Park but as others have said - It gets old hearing about it. I moved to Cincinnati last summer and my husband and I were told that Hyde Park was the place to be. We're in our 20's and have great jobs, but Hyde Park is just too expensive. We are renting downtown right now, which is great - tons to do and everything is walking distance. But we recently purchased our first house in Cincinnati and decided to go with Norwood. I've heard good and bad about Norwood, but it's a stone's throw to Hyde Park and Oakley but not nearly as expensive. We're near Rookwood, which has great restaurants and shopping and the area is growing every day. Don't count out Norwood...
Congrats and welcome to the neighborhood! Once the weather warms and if you like to walk or cycle, you will love the access you have to HP and Oakley (squares) as well as Rookwood.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:30 PM
 
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Amen GoyGuy...way to be a trend setter instead of a follower...
Sorry Hyde Park folks, like the area but I am SOOO tired of hearing about it on this forum. There are so many wonderful and unique neighborhoods in the City (and outside the City), you just have to get out there and find what works best for you. I grew out of wanting to be apart of "clicky" things in High school and that is what I think about Hyde Park, clicky. Oh, and overpriced. Sorry.
A co-co-signer here!!!
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