Walkable Cities: Cincinnati, Ohio

By Leigh Harper, July 15, 2012

Simply put, geography makes Cincinnati walkable. The natural borders of the Ohio River to the south and the hill country to the north have forced the city to be compact and easy to navigate. More than 3,200 hotel rooms are within three blocks of Duke Energy Convention Center, the city’s major convention space. The lack of land for expansion also compelled hotel chains to get creative and purchase historic buildings to occupy, resulting in quarters with charm and character. The Hampton Inn & Suites/Homewood Suites by Hilton dual-flag property occupies the former home of the “Cincinnati Enquirer” newspaper, and the Renaissance is in a former bank building constructed in 1901.

City planners have made strides to keep the city walkable even during winter months. “There’s a great indoor walkway system that keeps everything connected, which is amazing in cold weather,” says Holli Bibler, director of sales and event operations for the nonprofit Youth Specialties. Bibler’s team has hosted the National Youth Workers Convention in the city in the past and will return in 2016 to the Millennium, Hilton, Hyatt and Westin properties there.

5 Points of Interest

1) Fountain Square
2) The Banks
3) Smale Riverfront Park
4) Aronoff Center for the Arts
5) Carew Tower

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