Julia’s, Ollie’s Trolley, Over-the-Rhine…

What to do in Cincinnati while visiting for the NAACP Convention.

The West End. Like Over-the-Rhine, the West End is close to downtown and at a turning point. A major housing project was cleared several years ago to make way for a new mixed-income development. It has attracted many young, black professionals who work downtown with affordable townhouses, but the housing slowdown has hurt the development’s momentum. Some projects are still standing there, but they’re not far from the ornate houses that have long been home to the Mallory family, Cincinnati’s black political dynasty which includes the city’s current mayor, a state legislator and a judge.

 

Ollie’s Trolley. Old-school soul food sold out of an old trolley car at the corner of West Liberty and Central Avenues in Over-the-Rhine.

 

The Greenwich . Long a haven for jazz in Walnut Hills, now renovated and host to musicians and spoken word artists.

 

Markell-Bani . How often do you run across black-owned wineries in the Midwest?

 

Bell’s Tobacco . After you grab a good vino from Markell-Bani, roll around I-275 to Bell’s, where some good black folk will roll you a nice stogie.

 

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