Dr. Know gets his geography on in this response from the September 2013 issue.
Please unravel the mystery of Cleves-Warsaw Pike. The name, that is. Consider: Cincinnati-Dayton Road connects the two areas. With Cleves-Warsaw, however, there’s nary a Cleves nor a Warsaw at either end or along the way. What gives? —Former West-Sider, Still WonderingDear West-Sider:Still Wondering, you say. The Doctor thinks you are probably Still Wandering, as it is apparent from your question that, like most Greater Cincinnatians, you navigate on the hub and spoke system where the hub is My Mom’s and the spoke is The Way to Kroger. Do you have a map in your automobile? Probably not. Did you know there is a Google Maps function on your electronic device? Probably not. The Doctor will wait until you get your hands on a map. OK. Look at the Cleves-Warsaw Pike. Follow it west through Covedale until it becomes Main Street in the heights above Sayler Park. Continue west. After a little jiggery-pokery in Addyston, the same pre-automobile trail takes you straight into the heart of—surprise!—the village of Cleves. Now proceed East on CWP from your starting point. The original Pike bent southeast at the intersection with Glenway and then again at the intersection of Glenway with—are you ready?—Warsaw Avenue, which straightens out on its way to what was once the community of Warsaw in the heart of today’s Price Hill. It’s all a result of cramming a Roman grid onto a network of Indian trails, the reverse of grafting sprawling subdivisions onto a compact and navigable street grid.
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