Ohio City is a neighborhood of ethnic and economic diversity. It is home to generations of residents from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Puerto Rico.
The West Side Market is the neighborhood’s most noteworthy landmark in which all these cultures meet. Vendors and food stands represents an astounding array of produce, meat, fish, dairy items, baked goods, prepared foods, condiments and spices from around the world. Walking down its aisles, you’ll hear many languages spoken.
In recent decades, new residents have lovingly restored the area’s historical houses, while new townhouses and apartments have gone up to provide space for an influx of younger residents. The migration has become a steady stream, fueling a slew of new businesses.
Ohio City is rapidly becoming known as a food and drink mecca. Longtime eateries have been joined by dozens of newer offerings and some of the area’s top chefs have opened establishments in the area. The pioneering Great Lakes Brewing Company with its dedication to sustainable practices since it opened in 1988 led the way for a wave of breweries and brew pubs within blocks of each other. It was also one of the driving forces behind the Ohio City Farm, a six-acre farm that’s the largest urban farm in the region.
With young and old discovering the variety and charm of this neighborhood just across the river from downtown, Ohio City seems poised for even more rapid growth.