The corner of 12th and Vine in Over The Rhine turned up with a perfect walkability score last week. This must be surprising news for those who listen to local talk radio which has made a lot of money and ratings out of telling listeners that they take their lives in their hands when they cross Central Parkway headed north. Residents of the blocks we have been asked to call the Gateway Quarter know that most of the unpleasantness in that area has been eased up to Little Bethlehem and that the streets are safe, although the career alcoholics, deprived of their acreage in Washington Park, continue to carom off of trolley and lamp posts on the streets within stumbling distance of the Dew Drop Inn.
To earn that perfect score, by the way, it is necessary to have a functioning grocery store. That the Vine Street Kroger, the walkable Gateway grocery, is not just a functioning grocery store but a remarkably competent one may come as a surprise to shoppers who cannot conceive of a Kroger not surrounded by several hectares of asphalt, but it is so. Most of the Vine Street shoppers reach the store by foot or gypsy cab, so the ten space front lot is seldom full. We like the store because it’s the only Kroger we know of with a bike rack, which we are not alone in using.
Great walkability includes a great pizza place, which we believe A Tavola is certain to be. We got a look at the forno Friday, and it is installed and is totally favoloso. Mid March continues to be the prospective opening date
– Nemo Wolfe