Have You Gone for a Walk Lately?


I’ve been taking some of my friends on a walk that starts in Clifton, runs through Camp Washington, and then returns to Clifton.
This is something people don’t even think to do – and that makes sense. You couldn’t even make this walk a few years ago, but FOUR RECENT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS made walking from Clifton to Camp Washington and back a breeze, allowing you to snake through in way you never would have imagined before all the construction.
The walk (or run, or bike ride) begins in the Gaslight District, dumps you off on Central Parkway, and then sends you into Camp Washington. This is a good walk because, along with getting some exercise, you get a nonstop change of scenery.
Our journey begins at the corner of Clifton Avenue and Dixmyth – right by Good Samaritan Hospital. That “multi-use path” is new, and it’s a good way to start your walk.

Where the walk begins. at the corner of Clifton and Dixmyth – right by Good Samaritan Hospital

Dixmyth takes you to Martin Luther King, at which point you take a right – and again you find yourself on a new walkway.

Turn right at Martin Luther King

Turning right on Martin Luther King sends you down a new walkway that ultimately takes you to Central Parkway

While walking down Martin Luther King, you have the option of crossing the Hopple Street Viaduct – which you can do, but it is’t safe – or veering right and exploring a new path that involves two U-turns, and Voila!, you’re on Central Parkway.

If you take a right on Central Parkway and then walk until you reach the first light, you’ll be at Monmouth. If you take a left at Monmouth, you can walk over that bridge, which now has sidewalks on both sides due to construction that has taken place within the last few years.

The intersection of Central Parkway and Monmouth – take a left over that bridge.

Once you’re in Camp Washington, there’s lots to see and do. There’s Valley Park to your left, and Camp Washington Urban Farm.

Valley Park
Camp Washington Urban Farm

If you stay on Monmouth, you’ll run into the Sign Museum, which is very colorful, even from the outside. Those are the current hours the you see on the sign.


Monmouth ends at Spring Grove Avenue, which, if you turn left, runs you past the Rhinegeist warehouse and some old factories, some defunct, some not. I don’t always walk all the way to Spring Grove, though. Often I turn left at Colerain, where there’s more industrial scenery that includes old factories that are still operating as well as some buildings where the windows have been bricked up. I often stop to grab a coffee at Mom ‘n ’em at 3128 Colerain Avenue and continue until I get to the intersection of Colerain Avenue and Hopple Street.

The Intersection of Colerain Avenue and Hopple Street

I don’t recommend crossing the Hopple Street viaduct to return to Clifton – it’s a bit dicey, whereas the Monmouth bridge and the intersection crossing Central Parkway are both safe. Once you’re back on Central Parkway, if you turn left and you’ll quickly find yourself at Clifton Hills Avenue, which takes you back to Ludlow Avenue.

It’s a nice, quick, picturesque walk where the scenery keeps changing – there’s plenty of natural beauty,  you’ll see old warehouses and factories, houses, stores, a motel that may or may not be on life support, a school that’s undergoing renovation, etc., etc. It sounds like a longer walk than it is, and  you fly through the first part because you’re going downhill. The only time you walk uphill is after you turn right on Clifton Hills Avenue to get back to Clifton – but by then you’ll be looking forward to visiting Ludlow Avenue to do some shopping.

 

Clifton Dogs Having The Time of Their Lives


Everything got turned around lately. People have been stressed about the pandemic. But dogs – dogs, on the other hand, are having a jolly old time. They get to a spend a lot more time with their owners, and in their minds the humans in the house should be there all the time anyway.

And the dogs take more walks than they did before – a lot more. They’re also talking longer walks than before – walks where they have time to sniff everything and look around and take in the flora and fauna. Human beings are finally getting a clue, the dogs think.

Recently Gaslight Property asked Cliftonites to share photographs of their canines. We wanted to create a sort of scrapbook devoted to this unique period of time.  Eventually we won’t be at home as much, and we won’t be able to take our dogs for as many walks, so we better chronicle this period when the Clifton dogs are happier than ever. They’re loving every minute of their vacation. During their walks they have endless energy, but Cliftonites have also noticed that their dogs are napping a lot.

Here are some photos that fellow Cliftonites sent us. If you don’t see your dog but would like it to appear in this scrapbook, just post a photo to the Facebook page where this blog entry appeared and we’ll add it to this collection!

















Our picture album will grow in upcoming weeks, but this is a start. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far! Gaslight Property’s blog has been with us for over eight years now, and during that time it has served as a sort of scrapbook of Clifton in general, with its new stores and restaurants, the reopening of the Ludlow Garage, the loss and reemergence of our grocery store, and annual events like CliftonFest and the Halloween celebration that takes place on Ludlow Avenue every year.  And its people – and now its dogs!

The Signs of Clifton

With well over 400 blog entries posted over eight-plus years, Gaslight Property has become an online history book of things that have endured and things that have changed.
And the photos in this blog entry definitely chronicle change. Due to the coronavirus, restaurants in the Gaslight District have completely switched over to carryout and delivery. It’s short term, but the neighborhood is very different, and very quiet.
On the positive side, the restaurants have shown tremendous resilience and the neighborhood has supported the restaurants, which will help to ensure that all of these small business will remain when we wake up on the other side of this.
While compiling a blog entry giving hours, addresses, contact information, and delivery options, I took photographs that helped me with the blog.
But I’m also making those signs their own blog entry. We could see them as depressing, but when everything reopens we will see these handmade signs as a testament to the resilience and support that make Clifton such a great neighborhood. We can get do this, and we will.

Five Reasons to Check Out Holidays on Ludlow This Friday

A celebration of Christmas in the heart of the Gaslight District, Holidays on Ludlow returns to Ludlow Ave this Friday, December 7 from 6-9 p.m.  There will be free parking in the Merchant Lot on Howell Ave. after 5 pm. Here are (drum roll, please) the top five reasons to check out Holidays on Ludlow:

  • It’s a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. There will be free carriage rides with luminaria along the route, caroling courtesy of the Clifton-Fairview German Language Choir, and free pictures with Santa Claus.
  • This is an event for both children and adults. “We’ll have bobbing for apples, tea parties, and Kiddie Cocoas for the little ones,” Sitwells wrote on their Facebook page. “No worries, parents, we’ve got our delicious Spiked Mulled Cider for you!”
  • It’s a chance to do some shopping. On the off-chance that you haven’t finished all your Christmas shopping, this is an opportunity to support lots of local business within walking distance of each other.
  • Arts and crafts. Holidays on Ludlow will include holiday hat making at Aquarius Star plus a snowflake making contest.
  • It’s a chance to help the needy. Gaslight Property will once again be hosting a canned food drive on the Plaza during the event. Please bring your cans and other non-perishables and be generous with our less fortunate neighbors during the holidays.

A Weekend in Clifton Kicks Off This Friday, September 28

A Weekend in Clifton (of which Gaslight Property is a proud co-sponsor) kicks off this Friday, September 28, and by all indications this will be the biggest and best celebration of Clifton in a long time. One hint that folks are upping the ante: a few blocks in the heart of the Gaslight District (Ludlow Avenue between Middleton Avenue and Clifton Avenue, Telford Avenue between Shiloh Street and Ludlow Avenue, and Ormond Avenue between Ludlow Avenue and Howell Avenue) will be closed from 6 pm Friday, September 28 to 5 am Monday, October 1.  That will encourage more of a street party atmosphere where people can roam around drinking beer, dancing, etc., etc. Continue reading “A Weekend in Clifton Kicks Off This Friday, September 28”

Why I Love Clifton

 

I can explain to you why Clifton is a magic place inspiring a deep sense of awe, but in order for you to get the full picture we need to go back several years and travel to the basement of the house where my aunt and uncle live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

One week I slept in that basement while visiting the state where I grew up and where massive tribes of my relatives still live (they’re Catholic, okay?).  One night before I went to sleep I drank beer and shot one-man pool on a lopsided table worn down from years of late-night “tournaments” where subtlety and accuracy were prized less than brute force.

Later that night I discovered a black case that, when I opened it, revealed a dusty old saxophone.  The brand name—Wulitzer—conjured up images of brightly lit organs played by women with beehive hairdos in rooms with shag carpet and wood-paneling.  So was the instrument an alto or a tenor?  Neither, actually.  What I unearthed was a C melody saxophone, an instrument whose heyday, I came to learn, was between 1918 and 1930.  Being in the key of C made it easier to play than other saxophones—it required none of that transposing business that made things tricky for beginners enrolled in Music for Dummies courses—but after production plummeted during the Depression manufacturers forgot that it existed. Continue reading “Why I Love Clifton”

Ludlow Wines Reopens at 343 Ludlow Avenue

The name’s the same, it still has the same owners, and it still sells beer and wine, but one very important thing has changed about Ludlow Wines: the location.

Don’t be distressed if you walked over to the old place and saw an empty storefront. Now located at 343 Ludlow Avenue, Ludlow Wines only moved a couple doors down. It’s officially open for business, although the grand opening will take place on Saturday, June 2.   (Don’t worry, we’ll remind you.) In the interim you’ll have more than 150 beers to choose from as well as a huge selection of wines. Continue reading “Ludlow Wines Reopens at 343 Ludlow Avenue”