i think Hyde Park is boring. i knew the day was coming where i’d have to research the neighborhood and nothing substantial came up. Hyde Park is a wealthy, mostly upper middle-class residential neighborhood with beautiful homes. it was founded as a place for wealthy people to live, and it has pretty much remained this way ever since. Hyde Park was also the first neighborhood i lived in after i moved to cincinnati.
all throughout its existence, Hyde Park has been catered to because of its wealth. in looking at Hyde Park it’s important to look at the economic segregation southwest ohio suffers from because it’s very stark. almost 30% of cincinnatians live in poverty, compared to hamilton county’s overall poverty level of 16%. with Hyde Park versus the rest of cincinnati itself, the neighborhood has more than double the median household income of the city in its entirety. as i’ve explored different neighborhoods throughout the city, I’ve found a big divide. cincinnati neighborhoods either seem to be in decline and/or forgotten or doing really well and i dislike that.
i didn’t really enjoy my time in Hyde Park and moved once my lease ended, but i could never really put my finger on why. it wasn’t until recently that i was able to figure it out. my problem with Hyde Park is that it reminds me of the economic divide Cincinnati suffers from. Hyde Park is truly a nice neighborhood. Coffee Emporium is a nice place to hang out. the Mushroom House on Tarpis Avenue is an odd but cool sight to see. however, Hyde Park has always been what it is today and has always received special treatment because of its wealth.
my favorite thing about Hyde Park is that developers recently started buying old homes there that were too expensive to fix up. many of these homes were demolished. the lots were then split in half, and new homes were built on them. however, many Hyde Park residents didn’t like this practice and complained to the city that the character of the neighborhood was being hurt. the city immediately proceeded to issue a temporary ban on all home demolitions there so they could figure out a solution that would make residents happy. yeah…..it’s that type of neighborhood