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Mount Washington is a neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mount Washington is a neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mount Washington is a neighborhood on the east side of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. It is located about ten minutes east of Downtown via Columbia Parkway and Beechmont Avenue; or a slightly longer drive via Riverside Drive (formerly Eastern Avenue) and Kellogg Avenue, to Salem Avenue and up Sutton Avenue or Beacon Street. As one of Cincinnati's 52 neighborhoods, Mount Washington lies within the city corporation limits, and borders the Cincinnati neighborhoods of California, Linwood, and the East End, as well as unincorporated Anderson Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. It is served by the 24, 30X, and 81X Metro bus routes.

History

Mount Washington was laid out in 1846 and received its city rights in 1867. The community was annexed by the City of Cincinnati in 1911.

Community Organizations

The official governing body of Mt. Washington, as recognized by the City of Cincinnati, is the Mt. Washington Community Council.

The Mt. Washington Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation represents the member businesses in the neighborhood. Additionally, Mt. Washington is served by an active American Legion, Post 484, and Masonic Lodge, Yeatman Lodge #162.

Beechmont Avenue Reconstruction and Evolution

Beechmont Avenue in western Mount Washington, prior to the 2002-2003 widening, featured reversible lanes. When the street was widened, two additional lanes were added between the western Corporation Line and Wasigo Drive (to create a dual turn lane), with one additional lane between Wasigo Drive and Corbly Street. Sidewalks and curbs were also added along the route.

With the widening came wider lanes and higher speeds. The new roadway was designed with 12-foot-wide (3.7 m) lanes, common on many high speed roadways and expressways. Furthermore, traffic has greatly increased along the route. The neighborhood and the City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering have attempted to fix the higher speeds by reducing the width of the four active lanes, while also adding a bike lane into the business district. Trees and curbs have been added.

On-street parking was re-introduced to the route in 2012, though it is underutilized. Parking is now permitted in curb lanes, during off-peak hours, between Brachman Avenue and Mears Avenue, after being prohibited for 20 years due at the request of the neighborhood over concerns about McNicholas High School students parking on the street. This prohibition led to numerous illegal driveway widening and front yard parking issues.

Parks

Cincinnati Park Board operates the 125-acre (0.51 km2) Stanbery Park on Oxford Avenue between Corbly Street and Crestview Place. This park is named after Brigadier General Sanford B. Stanbery, who was the highest-ranking officer from Hamilton County in World War I. The Tudor-style Stanbery house used to be located on park grounds, but was demolished as part of a park improvement program. Fundraisers held at the park have include the annual "Pumpkin Chuck" using a trebuchet (first Saturday after Halloween). The park facilities include a paved walking area, hiking trails, playground equipment, and a picnic shelter. Stanbery Park is a popular sledding area on snowy days.

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