Walnut Hills Survey: WHRF and Place Matters

We are conducting this survey in partnership with Place Matters to better understand the priorities of people who live and work in Walnut Hills and the perceptions of how the community has changed over time.

Please complete this survey if you live, work, or own a business in Walnut Hills, and share this information with others whose voice would be beneficial in understanding priorities and perceptions of Walnut Hills as it has changed over the past two years.

All information given on the survey will remain confidential. All personal information will be used only to determine whether the survey respondents represent the demographic makeup of the community. We appreciate your time in completing the survey! #wearewalnuthills

Questions? Give us a call at (513) 593-9473 or email info@walnuthillsrf.org


Walnut Hills Survey: WHRF and Place Matters

Real Estate & Economic Development Updates

Real Estate & Economic Development

Landlocked Social House

The new coffee / craft beer shop opened early June and serves coffee, espresso, pastries, and light sandwiches. Right now they only offer coffee and baked goods, with craft beer coming soon. Check out their Facebook page here at : Landlocked Social House.

Brick Haus

The pop-up shop opened early this June as well, celebrating with a block party and live music. The MORTAR-affiliate store is run by a recent course graduate, and can be view here on their Facebook page: MORTAR Cincinnati.

Caffè Vivace

Coffee Shop, jazz lounge, and bar wrapped in one, Caffè Vivace announced that they will be opening in fall 2017.

Scholar House

The Walnut Hills Scholar House was announced in April! The video below is from Channel 9, showing one woman’s experience at the house in our neighboring city, Newport.

Real Estate & Economic Development Updates

Creative Placemaking Updates

Creative Placemaking

Artist Researcher Project

This project is taking 4 exceptional underground artist into the streets, families, and businesses of Walnut Hills. Their journey will consist of them asking a question about an issue the community is facing, and creating an art exhibit at then end.

This art exhibit will take place on June 30th at Cincy Stories, 961 E. McMillan Street. Attendees can expect to hear various perspective on the history of Walnut Hills, stories of residents and their lives, and how segregation has affected and played a role in the makeup of Walnut Hills residents.


Music Off McMillan

June 3rd kicked off our Music Off McMillan series in 2017! This series includes a Biergarten to start off the night at the Five Points Alley, followed by live music at restaurants and bars in Walnut Hills including Fireside Pizza Walnut HillsGreen Man TwistGomez Salsa Cantina- Walnut HillsThe GreenwichJust Q’inBrew House CincinnatiThe Video Archive.

Music Off McMillan takes place the first Saturday of every month through September, so join us at the next one on July 1st!




Creative Placemaking is something we are passionate about. We believe it is a vehicle that finds solutions for those who live and work in Walnut Hills, and helps engage residents to shape their community. Design Impact, in coordination with LISC, United Way, WHRF Community Coordinator (Aprina Johnson) and WHRF Healthy Outreach Coordinator (Gary Dangel), hosted HiGH FiVES: an initiative to connect neighbors and business through compliment-giving yard signs.

The video below shows you a peek into the process of the project, and this article here helps explain why “design thinking” is important to communities and leaders.


Creative Placemaking Updates

Food Access Updates

Food Access and Healthy Initiatives

Findlay Farmstand & Healthy Harvest Mobile Market

The Findlay Farmstand  and Healthy Harvest Mobile Market opened their doors in May and June. They both aim to tackle food insecurity in Walnut Hills, providing residents with access to fresh, local produce. The Market operates every Friday from 1-4 pm and the Farmstand operates every Thursday from 4-7 pm.  Both the  are located in the old Kroger park lot.




Permaculture Garden at Life Skills High School

Healthy Outreach Coordinator Gary Dangel lent his support to Walnut Hills business owner Linda Matthews, creator of the garden next to Bush Recreation Center. The “Harvest of Promise Community Garden” teaches youth the values of permaculture and neighborhood gardening – to see the original description and see more picture, click here!



Concord Garden, Melrose Garden, UC Serves, GO Local, and Volunteering in May

Students and other volunteers from UC Serves and GoLocal helped build a hugelkultur (a type of raised bed made without digging into the soil) and spread wood chips at the Melrose Garden, where trees were also taken down using funds from the City of Cincinnati Urban Agriculture grant. UC Serves also cleared invasive honeysuckle for a permaculture installation at the Julie Hanser Garden, and GO Local built raised beds and planted flowers at the Melrose Garden.  Our Concord garden has made progress this year too, with planted seedlings and fresh wood chips to kick us off in spring and summer!

Our CFO and Healthy Outreach coordinator Elizabeth Waite and Gary Dangel, respectively, have been working with the young women in recovery at First Step Home to build a veggie garden. They are also looking for volunteers for Farm Chef’s Jaime Stoneham, who is conducting Cooking For The Family classes at Bush Recreation on Fridays – if you or someone you know is interested, contact us at info@walnuthillsrf.org.
Food Access Updates