The “Boss Cox Booksale” at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Clifton Cultural Arts Center booksale(2012) Every day hundreds of people walk past this building, but few of them know its history. They don’t know who built it and they don’t know who lived there. That will change, though, now that the space is being converted to a library that will replace the charming but much smaller space on Ludlow Avenue.

Located on Jefferson Avenue across from Burnet Woods, the Parkside Manor was designed by Samuel Hannaford, a famous architect who also built Music Hall, City Hall and over 300 other buildings in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The person who originally lived there was no slouch, either: historically George “Boss” Cox has earned his place at the Mount Rushmore of crooked Ohio politicians, a place that also includes, of more recent vintage, James Traficant (who got in a lot more trouble, by the way, for his actions; maybe it was his hair).    Continue reading “The “Boss Cox Booksale” at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center”

Clifton: One of the Best Neighborhoods in Cincinnati

The Gaslight Property blog isn’t primarily about me but about a neighborhood in Cincinnati.  Because it’s close to a university, Clifton houses lots of undergrad and graduate college students who stay a few years and then move on, but there are also people who choose to live here because it’s a vibrant and colorful neighborhood. That would include me.  I love Clifton, and one of the things I like about it is its convenience. There’s so much you can buy here and do here without traveling to the burbs. So I was saddened the day  I walked past the grocery store and noticed it was closed. Not for a day or two, either—permanently, unless someone found a way to save it.

Above is a picture I took one day when a crowd of Cliftonites got together at a neighborhood church to discuss how to save Kellers IGA or come with a Plan B. Clearly they were upset as well, and plans began to be hatched that day.

The grocery store in the heart of Clifton Gaslight Business District has long been a key element in the community.  New stores have appeared since the grocery store closed and old stores have remained, and you’ll hear about them and other  things Clifton- and Cincinnati-related  in the Gaslight Property blog. The new grocery store, a new Goessling Markets, will be here soon, and when it does it’ll have lots of happy neighbors, some old, some new, all contributing in some way to making Clifton one of the best neighborhoods in Cincinnati.