i’ve been having a super tough time finding information on East Westwood. I visited the neighborhood around christmas and never posted it because I couldn’t find historical information on it. i eventually started digging around in old newspapers to see if i could find anything and i finally hit jackpot and found the reason why information was so scarce - it’s one of the newest Cincinnati neighborhoods!
East Westwood as you might have guessed is on the west side, directly east of Westwood. it’s a small, mostly residential neighborhood with about 2,400 residents. for most of Cincinnati’s existence, East Westwood as an official neighborhood simply did not exist. the area that makes up the neighborhood is made up of parts that used to belong to Westwood and North Fairmount. for a long time, this area existed in a weird state where no one knew what it was exactly. it had a distinct cultural identify from Westwood and North Fairmount but it was listed in public directories as North Fairmount and the city recognized it as Westwood. to complicate matters, present day East Westwood is mostly dense, lower income housing and residents in the area never felt like they were taken seriously by the city as a whole. their needs were drowned out by the bigger needs of Westwood and other neighboring communities.
frustrated with not having a seat at the table and having unmet needs, community members began the process of getting their community to be recognized as an official cincinnati neighborhood. after working for a long time, cincinnati city council officially voted to officially make East Westwood the 51st cincinnati neighborhood in January 1990.
the past 30 years of officially being a cincinnati neighborhood hasn’t been the easiest for East Westwood. becoming a neighborhood gave the community easier access to funds and resources that could be used for improvement projects. however, it still faces issues like Mount Airy where it’s mostly a pass-through neighborhood for folks getting to places like Westwood or I-75. regardless of the challenges, it has a special tight-knit community and i think it’s a wonderful place