On any other day in Walnut Hills, the streets would have been mostly populated by a stream of passing cars. On July 19, however, hundreds of people gathered to play, walk, run and bike in the open asphalt of the neighborhood.
Woodburn Avenue and East McMillan Street were closed to car traffic for a mile stretch as they played host to Cincy Summer Streets last month. The next installment of the street festival arrives in Northside on Sunday.
Organizers plan to make Cincy Summer Streets an annual tradition — everything’s easier after the first time, after all. For them, it’s about inviting community members to see their streets in an entirely new light — with painted crosswalks, collaborative art, biking and playing, but mostly just without any cars.
Cincy Summer Streets takes over Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Road in Northside 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. More info: cincysummerstreets.org.