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Neighborhood of Cincinnati
Downtown Cincinnati viewed from Mt. Adams
Downtown Cincinnati viewed from Mt. Adams
Location within Cincinnati
Location within Cincinnati
Country United States
State Ohio
City Cincinnati
 • Total 0.98 sq mi (2.5 km2)
660 ft (201 m)
 • Total 4,850
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Website Downtown Cincinnati
Downtown Cincinnati viewed from Mt At Adams
Downtown Cincinnati as seen from Mt. Adams
Cincinnati Bridges aerial 2017b
Four bridges over the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. At right, parts of Bellevue, Newport, and Covington are visible.
Kroger headquarters
Procter & Gamble headquarters

Downtown Cincinnati is the central business district of Cincinnati, Ohio, as well the economic and symbiotic center of the Cincinnati metropolitan area. It also contains a number of urban neighborhoods in the low land area between the Ohio River and the high land areas of uptown. These neighborhoods include Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton, Queensgate, and West End.


Downtown Cincinnati is laid out on a basin on the Ohio River, surrounded by steep hills. Downtown Cincinnati's streets are arranged on a grid. Streets are split between the east and west by Vine Street. Bridges from Downtown Cincinnati span the Ohio River across to Covington and Newport in Northern Kentucky.

Often considered to be the heart of Cincinnati, Fountain Square is located in the center of the Central Business District. The 1871 dedicated Tyler Davidson Fountain stands prominently on the often busy city square. Other city parks located Downtown are Lytle Park and Piatt Park. The Backstage District that sprang up around the Aronoff Center contains nightlife and dining options.


Downtown Cincinnati is marked by its large collection of historic architecture and contains several historic districts and dozens of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places listings in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

All but one of the twenty-five tallest buildings in Cincinnati are located in Downtown Cincinnati. The Carew Tower has a public observation deck on the forty-ninth floor.

Since 1971, the Cincinnati Skywalk has connected buildings throughout downtown via a series of primarily indoor, elevated walkways. The Skywalk was officially completed as a 1.3 mile contiguous path in 1997, but has since fallen into disfavor by city leaders, and some sections have been removed.


Downtown Cincinnati is an increasingly residential area with former commercial space, such as Park Place at Lytle, being converted into luxury condos.

Museums downtown include the high-rise Contemporary Arts Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Taft Museum of Art.

The Banks is a waterfront mixed-use development hosting bars and restaurants. It is especially crowded following games at the adjacent Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park, the stadiums of the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds.


Downtown is a transportation hub for the entire region. Downtown is served by Fort Washington Way which connects interstates 71 and 75 with Route 50.

Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority operates public transportation with its transit hub at Government Square. The downtown area is also served by the Cincinnati Bell Connector, a streetcar line that connects downtown with Over-the-Rhine.


Downtown has long been the economic hub of Cincinnati. In the mid-nineteenth century, 16 of the city's 24 banks were located on Third Street near the busy Public Landing river port. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the center of business activity moved to Fourth Street, closer to where it remains today.

Kroger, Fifth Third Bank, Procter & Gamble, Western & Southern Financial Group, American Financial Group, and Cincinnati Bell are all headquartered in Downtown Cincinnati.

The Duke Energy Convention Center is the convention center of Cincinnati. Opened in 1968, it offers 750,000 square feet (70,000 m2) of meeting space.

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