Welcome to CityBeat’s 2009 Best of I-275 Issue! We’re excited to finally offer a guide to the city’s often-overlooked suburban neighborhoods via the highway that enables them to feel connected to Cincinnati even though their residents can’t vote here. For too long it’s felt like we share a postal address and nothing more…
We hope that the Best of I-275 Issue will encourage people from all parts of town to step outside their three-bedroom homes, put aside our differences and traverse the 84 miles of highway that connect us. It’s all here in one easy-to-follow guide to all things 275.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll call your grandmother and offer to take her to dinner at the Olive Garden nearest her house. We’re changing lives here.
And that’s what I-275 is all about: life. During our research we found plenty to celebrate in the neighborhoods that exist largely due to our fair highway loop — from the rural feel of Indiana to the
hellish traffic hustle and bustle of the northern suburbs to the East Siders who are oh-so-close to living in the rich part of town (Clermont County is nice too!). We enjoyed unmistakable cultural attractions (gambling), amazing shops (hunting superstores), fine dining (chicken wings) and lush wilderness (Kentucky), not to mention a whole lotta Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers.
And you know what? We’re glad we did. The suburbs don’t get the love they deserve in CityBeat’s annual Best of Cincinnati issue, which just makes us look like the elitists John McCain said we are.
So grab your car keys, drive to the nearest I-275 interchange, make yourself comfortable in the nearest business listed on the highway sign and dive into the Best of I-275 Issue. We supersized it for free so you could buy yourself something nice. That’s just the way we are.