|May 23, 2013|
Serving the most distinguished neighborhood in Hamilton, Ohio.
M E N U
This is Highland Park
Located on the West Side of Hamilton, Highland Park is nestled atop the gentle hills rolling between Eaton Avenue and Main Street. Tree-lined streets and sidewalks lead easily to schools, shops and medical care. Highlanders walk to Highland Elementary just as easily as they stroll to Flub's for an ice cream.
Families have called the Tudors, bungalows, and Colonials of Highland Park home since the Twenties. New generations return, buy the very homes they once bicycled past, and raise families of their own.
Highland Park is a way of life as vibrant today as it was when Hoover was in the White House.
While other communities fret over their crumbling infrastructure, the City of Hamilton rebuilt the Highland Park electrical grid and replaced the neighborhood water and gas lines. Venerable Fillmore Elementary School has been torn down and transformed into the handsome, new, state-of-the-art Highland Elementary. Wilson Middle School, situated at the Intersection of Highland and Eaton Avenues, has been reinvented spectacularly and radiates with positive attitude.
Elsewhere the housing market may boom and bust. Highland Park remains as ever -- home.
This is Hamilton, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio is a small city on the Great Miami River. General Arthur St. Clair established Fort Hamilton here in 1791. Our Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument in the heart of town marks the spot. You can't miss the Monument; a bronze Union soldier waves from the colonnade dome high above the east bank levee.
About 60,000 people live in Hamilton. A surprising number of us know each other by name, or at least know each other by sight. Going out for dinner, walking the dog, or just buying socks at Meijer's almost always results in a familiar “Hello!”
People here are more likely to send their kids to Little League than to soccer practice. Hamiltonians tend to drive minivans, SUVs and big American sedans. A lot of us fly flags even when it isn't Memorial Day or the 4th of July. When the 4th does come around, there's a parade downtown and fireworks at the river.
Only locals are allowed to joke that Hamilton is thirty years behind the times and proud of it. You can still go a drive-inn movie in Hamilton. The Holiday Auto Theatre on Old Oxford Road is open almost year 'round. Jolly's restaurants still have car hops who'll bring a chilidog foot-long and root beer right to your car window. Kids walk to school. Churches throw suppers. The ladies of the Hamilton Garden Club tend a rose garden in Monument Park.
Cincinnati is forty miles to the south of Hamilton. Dayton is forty miles north. Hamiltonians will work and play in both. Culturally, Hamilton looks to the South, and Cincinnati has the edge as far as our travel habits are concerned. Thanks to native Joe Nuxhall, the Great American Ballpark is a popular destination. Some of us even go to Music Hall, the Aronoff, or to noisy bars across the Ohio River in Covington and Newport, Kentucky.
Not that you have to go out of town. The Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra makes an heroic effort with the annual Mozart Festival. High school athletics are a religion to some; just listen to Schwarm Stadium on a game night. Giant donuts from the Ross Bakery on Eaton Avenue can can kill an entire morning.
It's easy to take Hamilton for granted. A lot of locals do. The cure for that is a trip away. When you're flying back into Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, sometimes you see Hamilton. You see a little, glowing city with a river winding past. Around the city are green hills spotted with houses, farms, creeks and ponds. Even before you touch the ground, you're glad to be home.
Call the Electrical Department
When you notice a dark streetlight in Highland Park, please call the City of Hamilton Electric Department at 785-7551. The department will ask for the location of the light, your last name, and your phone number. Thanks!-- Dave Duricy