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HAPPY 2019!  And HERE’S to our NEXT 10 YEARS!

We’re beginning our 2nd decade of Kennedy Heights/Pleasant Ridge neighborhood collaboration.

District A (where ALL of US come together) took shape in 2008 – to serve as a catalyst for inter-neighborhood cooperation that would support and multiply both neighborhoods’ distinctive assets.

When the Kennedy Heights and Pleasant Ridge Community Councils endorsed the formation of District A, they jointly defined three specific goals: 1) To catalyze new and sustainable economic development; 2) To encourage life-long learning for all through the arts, and; 3) To enhance educational opportunities at all our schools.

Both neighborhoods can now look back over a decade of hard work and setbacks and surprises to marvel at the outcomes we dared to imagine together ten years ago!

THANKS to everyone for all we’ve done to achieve so many of our shared aspirations.

Now, it’s time to celebrate all that’s ahead for Kennedy Heights/Pleasant Ridge in our 2nd decade together . . .

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Our neighborhoods are at their best right now, so start walking or biking, and explore more . . .

So ENJOY Yourself Close to Home . . .

Here’s a Quick List to Help You Discover & Rediscover LOTS of LOCAL FUN!

Some are Old & Many are New ~ Why Not TRY THEM ALL on your Winter Walks?

KH Arts Center ANNEX ~ explore party space + much more @ the 6620 Montgomery Corner

C&M BBQ Grill ~ honest-to-goodness Jamaican food & friendship @ 6457 Kennedy Ave

Mary’s Vintage Boutique ~ just-for-fun stylin’ from the 20’s – 70’s @ 6461 Kennedy Ave

ShareCheesebar ~ Emily Frank’s our own cheese woman in the business of sharing @ 6501 Ridge

Loving Hut Café ~ vegetarian for everyone @ 6227 Montgomery

Tacos Locos Food Truck ~ real Mexican anytime @ the BP Station on Kincaid & Montgomery

Red Balloon Play Café ~ great food & fun / with or without your kids @ 6200 Montgomery

Casa Figueroa ~ south of the border fare & eye-popping art inside/outside @ 6106 Montgomery

Gas Light Café ~ the burgers are always in the TOP TWO @ 6104 Montgomery

The Little Gray House ~ don’t miss this newest surprise right around the corner @ 6030 Ridge

Nine Giant Brewery ~ craft brews & foods & open Sundays @ 6095 Montgomery

Overlook Lodge ~ craft cocktails / live music / carry-in foods @ 6083 Montgomery

PR Coffee Exchange ~ look for its NEW LOCATION LATER THIS YEAR, near PR Chili…

Pleasant Ridge Chili ~ our very own Greek Institution @ 6032 Montgomery

Revolution Rotisserie ~ Chicken that everyone’s lining up for … now open @ 6063 Montgomery

BI-OKOTO Cultural Institute ~ music & dance & camps & festivals, all @ 6501 Montgomery

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As ONE Community ~ Kennedy Heights/Pleasant Ridge are growing better together … Our Inter-Neighborhood Conversations have exceeded all expectations.  In 2013-14, the two neighborhood Community Councils & two Business District Development Corporations joined with District A to begin our own Inter-Neighborhood Planning in conjunction with Plan Cincinnati, the City’s new strategic plan. Click on Inter-Neighborhood Planning to read our SUMMARY REPORTS and see some of the results from our 200+ participants. Get in touch with any of us – at any time – and become part of our growing better together! The complete Plan Cincinnati report is available at www.plancincinnati.org.  You can access key sections of the plan here.

Vision, Goals, Preface & Introduction

The Guiding Policy Principles of Plan Cincinnati

Guiding Geographic Principles, Parts 1 & 2

Guiding Geographic Principles, Parts 3 & 4

LIVE Initiative, Part 1

LIVE Initiative, Part 2

Collaborate and Implementation

Glossary Related Articles

You’ll read that Kennedy Heights and Pleasant Ridge are among 39 neighborhoods with designated “Neighborhood Business Districts” and among the 14 that also have “Urban Design Overlay Districts.” (These are good things.)  With these foundations in place, we’re poised to work with the City to achieve two vibrant “neighborhood centers” along Montgomery Road. Plan Cincinnati defines neighborhood centers as “the building blocks of our neighborhoods . . .  the traditional, walkable cores of our communities that feature not only commercial uses but also contain much of our civic infrastructure and the amenities that we need to go about our daily lives.” To discover all the planning that each of our neighborhoods has already accomplished, check out these links:

2003 KH Comprehensive Community Plan

2005 KH Feasibility Study/Urban Design Plan

2000 PR Urban Design Plan, Part 1

2000 PR Urban Design Plan, Part 2

2007 PR Market Study & Vision Plan, Part 1

2007 PR Market Study & Vision Plan, Part 2

2007 PR Market Study & Vision Plan, Part 3