Columbia Tusculum, Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood, is located east of downtown Cincinnati and is nestled in and around the hills that form the Miami River Valley.  It encompasses the area that was once Columbia, a small community begun by Benjamin Stites just months before the founding of Cincinnati in 1788.  In the mid-1970s the residents of the community started renovating the old houses on the “flats” (the area between Eastern Avenue and Columbia Parkway, made up of Donham Street, Morris Place and Tusculum Avenue) and up the hillside towards Alms Park. These early renovators soon became known as the “Pioneers.”

We appreciate the efforts of those that came before us and the efforts of our current residents and businesses who all make Columbia Tusculum a welcoming, vibrant place to live.

Tusculum Street fest Mission Statement

We are an organization that focuses on beautifying the 3 East Business Association neighborhoods of Columbia Tusculum, Linwood, and East End and supports the students and key programs at Riverview East Academy.

our Community

We invite you to experience Cincinnati’s Oldest Neighborhood. Nestled in the Ohio River Valley just minutes from downtown Cincinnati, Columbia Tusculum is in the heart of it all. Our neighborhood is known for its historic district featuring brightly colored 19th century homes and breathtaking valley views. We also enjoy a great walking neighborhood featuring many dining and entertainment options, as well as direct access to three parks and 10+ miles of biking trails. 





We continue to have a culture of “Pioneers” willing to invest their time and funds to make Columbia Tusculum a great neighborhood. Whether it’s a business owner seeing the opportunity to provide an unmet need or a resident seeing the beauty of the hills and the river, we all take part in our community in some way.



Columbia Tusculum is known for its historic district featuring brightly colored 19th century homes and breathtaking valley views. We’ve also welcomed close to 100 in-fill homes that have blended wonderfully with our existing stock.



With access to the Ohio River, biking and running trails, many hills to walk or run up (or down if it’s easier), work-out gyms and groups, and parks, Columbia Tusculum offers many opportunities to get healthy, stay active, and enjoy the beauty and nature around the neighborhood.



While we celebrate Columbia Tusculum and what it currently offers, we want to focus on the future as well. Funds raised from the Tusculum Street Festival will be used to support students and programs at Riverview East Academy Food and for beautification projects in Columbia Tusculum, East End, and Linwood.