Five Points Cincinnati, Ohio
Site and Space Planning
2016 Making Your Place Award, Cincinnati Neighborhood Summit
Neighborhood life emerges at the confluence of five urban alleys.
Five Points sits at the convergence of five city alleys in Walnut Hills, a neighborhood of Cincinnati. Until recently, it had steadily become more vacant for decades despite its proximity to Over-the-Rhine, the region's universities, downtown, and several primary transportation corridors.
Answering the neighborhood's call for a revitalized commercial district, the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation leveraged a number of partners to activate Five Points. MKSK led the space testing concepts, using mostly found materials from in and around the space and neighborhood. BLDG, a creative branding studio, curated an international competition for gateway signage murals at the doorway created by each of the five alleys.
In addition, they installed Wind, an installation in boarded up windows that celebrates the neighborhood's diversity and sense of humor. The University of Cincinnati partnered by using their MetroLab team to design and build moveable vending kiosks and a stage. Neighborhood musicians, local microbreweries, and mobile food vendors all clamored to be part of the monthly pop-up Biergartens.
Now, Five Points has become a permanent living and entertaining room of the neighborhood; and in 2018, the neighborhood will break ground on over $50 million in new investment along corridor.