Greenhills One of Three Greenbelt Towns in the United States

Cincinnati, Ohio

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In addition to Glendale and Mariemont, Cincinnati has a third historic planned community, Greenhills. Situated on about 6,000 acres 4 miles west of Glendale and 15 miles north of downtown Cincinnati, Greenhills is one of three model greenbelt towns built by the suburban resettlement division of the Federal Housing Administration in the 1930s. More than 100 potential areas of the United States were surveyed for this initiative. Only Greenhills; Greenbelt, Maryland; and Greendale, Wisconsin, were chosen. Of the three New Deal greenbelt towns, only Greenhills has managed to keep its greenbelt largely intact. Cincinnati was chosen because of its housing shortage, diverse local economy, and strong civic leadership. Intended for the Depression Era’s recovering middle class, Greenhills was designed as a walkable greenbelt suburb by Anthony Wank, the architect in charge of Union Terminal, the Art Moderne masterpiece downtown. Greenhills opened April 1, 1938, with Greenhills Park, later named Winton Woods, as a forested buffer and walkways connecting residential blocks and pocket parks.
Walking Cincinnati

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Walking Cincinnati

by Danny Korman and Katie Meyer (Wilderness Press)

In addition to Glendale and Mariemont, Cincinnati has a third historic planned community, Greenhills. Situated on about 6,000 acres 4 miles west of Glendale and 15 miles north of
downtown Cincinnati, Greenhills is one of three model greenbelt towns built by the suburban resettlement division of the Federal Housing Administration in the 1930s. More than 100 potential areas of the United States were surveyed for this initiative. Only Greenhills; Greenbelt, Maryland; and Greendale, Wisconsin, were chosen.

Of the three New Deal greenbelt towns, only Greenhills has managed to keep its greenbelt largely intact. Cincinnati was chosen because of its housing shortage, diverse local economy, and strong civic leadership. Intended for the Depression Era’s recovering middle class, Greenhills was designed as a walkable greenbelt suburb by Anthony Wank, the architect in charge of Union Terminal, the Art Moderne masterpiece downtown. Greenhills opened April 1, 1938, with Greenhills Park, later named Winton Woods, as a forested buffer and walkways connecting residential blocks and pocket parks.

© 2015 Danny Korman and Katie Meyer/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Cincinnati
Distance: 3.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Greenhills: One of Three Greenbelt Towns in the United States

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