Think OTR is the only place undergoing a serious redevelopment project? Think again. Walnut Hills has been going at it for over a year now. They’ve been cleaning, organizing, and renovating certain spaces to restore the neighborhood to its former glory. While there are plenty of respectable projects going on, none are quite as badass as the work that’s gone into Five Points Alley.
The renovations themselves aren’t the only testament to show how much an organized community can do, but they’ve also started to hold events that have turned more than a few heads. The best event, by far, is definitely their Popup Biergarten. On the third Sunday of every month, from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. residents and friends alike come together in the alley; setting up cornhole, giant Jenga, and plenty of kegs of beer, they celebrate the long-standing heritage of brewing in Cincinnati.
Not only has the neighborhood become involved, but so have the local breweries as well. Ei8ht Ball, Rhinegeist, and Mt. Carmel have already taken a stab at it this summer, and each of those events have been a great success. Next on the list is MadTree, who will be serving up their brews this Sunday, on August 17th. After that, there will only be one more event of the summer, which will feature Listermann Brewing Company’s beer, on September 21st.
This couldn’t happen without the help of many volunteers cleaning up the alley, though. So, if you’re in the mood to volunteer and help the community out, there will be a cleanup on Saturday, the 16th. Registration starts at 9:00 A.M., and the cleanup will begin at 9:30 A.M. We know, that’s probably the asscrack of dawn for most of us after a night of debauchery on Friday night, but it’s to make the city even more beautiful than it already is!
So, here’s the bottom line: You need to get your ass to Five Points Alley this weekend. It’s one thing to go downtown to reap the rewards of someone else’s work in other renovated areas, but it’s another to be a part of the change that everyone wants to see. Cincinnati is on the rise, and this alley in Walnut Hills is only going to get more popular as time goes on. We can’t wait to see where it will be in five years, but we’re sure going to be there; ready to celebrate all of the work that’s gone into it. We’d better see you there!
Editor’s Note: All other photos credited to 5chw4r7z!