Made up of 19 neighborhoods and commercial districts, Covington is situated south of the Ohio River and Cincinnati. The area features a casual mix of Midwestern strength and Southern charm and has developed a flourishing creative population. Brimming with beautiful Italianate brick buildings, the district has seen an influx of new independent businesses and insatiable demand for downtown residential units over the past few years, with many stores’ upper floors being renovated into urban lofts.
Covington currently boasts 27 pieces of public art throughout downtown, most are in previously unused space, including a four-story mural painted by Brooklyn artist Faile that spans two buildings. To fuel art activities, the organization also redesigned a vacant parking lot into a designated space for public art and performance. Renaissance Covington also hosts an annual urban art festival, Art Off Pike, to showcase local and regional art.
“The community has truly embraced street art and creative placemaking as compliments to the design elements of the historic architecture,” Meyer said. “Our community embraces this creativity and as a result, we not only have a truly walkable downtown, we have seen an influx of development, businesses, and residents.”
Urban guides and public art maps are just some ways Renaissance Covington is encouraging people to explore the downtown. In 2016, the organization partnered with local businesses and artists to install five impromptu “parklets” throughout downtown for six months. The parklets occupied several parking spots in front of stores and became space for public art and also walking destinations that connected different blocks. The organization also hosts an annual 10-mile Bike-Centennial Tour to showcase the town’s scenic treasures.
“Covington maintains the density of a truly walkable urban core offering a variety of independent restaurants and retailers. Our cultural assets and dining scenes make Covington a destination for visitors as well as a wonderful place to call home,” Meyer said.