The Fruits of Cincy Placemaking

Lush trees, colorful gardens and ripe produce isn't really what comes to mind when thinking about Cincinnati; but rest assured—they’re here. The urban farm Permaganics, located at 1718 Main St, is a living, breathing example of how a community-based garden can positively affect a neighborhood. Founded by two Cincinnatians, this "ecogarden" offers youth programming combining art, science, business and service-learning. We stopped by one sunny afternoon to help pick produce, till a garden bed and share a tasty home-cooked meal. Tiny home-owners will also have the opportunity to grow edible crops on-site, although the ecogarden and hardworking folks at Permaganics are just a few blocks away.

Tiny home-owners aren’t just investing in a place to live, they’re investing in a rich, vibrant community. The opportunity to enjoy, engage and develop lasting relationships in Cincy has never been better. Popular social hubs, such as Findlay Market, serve as a meeting place for neighbors and visitors alike.

We invited tiny home lovers (and haters) to the Market in order to discuss financing, design changes and overall progress. Attendees had the opportunity to see eye-popping digital renderings, drawings of floor-plans and have their questions answered. Listening to public opinion has been a hallmark Start Small’s mission from the get-go. By making the process more transparent we hope to set the standard for future tiny home development.