- 2000 (May)
Vandals burn the abandoned East Norwood railroad passenger station.
Like Cincinnati and the other "old inner-ring suburbs" of
Hamilton County, Norwood's population continues to decline (although
an analysis of the data showed that Cincinnati's population actually
gained a very small number). The 2000 Census determines Norwood's
population to be 21,675. This is the smallest population since
sometime between the 1910 and 1920 censuses. The populations at
those times were 16,185 and 24,966, respectively. It appeared that
the number of councilmembers will eventually need to be decreased to
accomodate Ohio law. The 1990 census was 23,674, so the reduction in
wards was appropriate even then. In the fall of 2004, the voters
approved the reduction of the number of wards and councilmembers.
Globe-Weis (which was created partially from the filing system
business of Norwood's old Globe-Wernicke Company) and four other
brands are combined to create Cardinal Brands, Inc. The Globe-Weis
name was retained as brand name for file folders. The other brand
names are Adams (business forms), Cardinal (binders) and Generations
(scrap booking and storage supplies).
- 2002 (October 25)
The demolition of several buildings between Station Avenue, Sherman
Avenue and Montgomery Road is started to make room for a Walgreens
drive-thru drugstore. By February 2003, the new building is being
Norwood "celebrates" its 100th anniversary of
incorporation as a city.
- 2003 (winter)
Excavation begins on the Cornerstone Project at the southeast corner
of Smith Road and Williams Avenue. The property is bounded by
Williams Avenue on the north, Smith Road on the west and I-71 on the
east and south.
- 2004 (spring)
Construction begins on the first building of the Cornerstone
Project. The multistory steel framework is prominently visible from
I-71 and dominates the Williams Avenue/Edwards Road exit from
- 2004 (summer)
SORTA, in a major readjustment of its bus routes county-wide,
eliminates several routes in Norwood, leaving some streets without
public transportation that had been provided for over 100 years. The
only remaining routes are Route 4, which travels on Montgomery Road
in Norwood and provides service to downtown Cincinnati, and a new
route, Route 51, a crosstown route from the University of Cincinnati
area to the new Oakley shopping mall, "Center of
Cincinnati." The new route enters Norwood at Montgomery from
Dana, travels north to Sherman, then to Smith, Edmundson and Edward
Roads. From there it goes to Hyde Park Square and then Oakley's two
shopping malls, "Hyde Park Plaza" and "Center of
- 2006 (July 15)
The Hamilton County bomb squad removed 150 pounds of old dynamite
from a back porch of a house on the 3900 block of Spencer Avenue.
About 20 families were evacuated for eight hours.
- 2006 (fall)
Construction begins on the first phase of the "Linden Pointe
At The Lateral" development. The old Arnold Building (a.k.a
"triangle building" and "flat-iron building") at
the intersection of Carthage Avenue and Montgomery Road is
demolished. A smaller replica of it is built, using new bricks, on
the Linden Pointe site — this one is pointing east, instead of
south as was the original.
- 2007 (summer)
The southern half of Carthage Avenue between Ross Avenue and
Montgomery Road is abandoned and closed. This will end the
continuous path through Norwood of the 200+ year-old "Columbia
Other road changes are made in conjunction with the Carthage Avenue
modification. The entrance ramp from Montgomery Road to west-bound
SR-562 (Norwood Lateral) is closed. A western extension of Norwood
Avenue (officially named later by City Council as "Joseph E.
Sanker Bouelvard") is built from the now-closed Lateral ramp to
Section Avenue. This makes the intersection, just north of the
Montgomery Road bridge, a right-angled four-way intersection,
instead of the sharp-angled five-way. Also, to accomodate the
expected increased traffic on Norwood Avenue, that street is widened
and given traffic lights at key intersections. Montgomery Road is
also widened from Norwood Avenue to Ross Avenue to handle the
traffic from the closed end of Carthage Avenue.
A make-over of Surrey Square starts with construction of a new
building for McDonald's restaurant, some exterior modifications on
the north side of square, and preparations for an extension of the
main building on the south side.
- 2007 (fall)
The old Kaesemeyer & Sons Company dairy building and
"smokestack" at 5612 Carthage Avenue is demolished. A new
company will rebuild on the site. The empty building had previously
been used as an antique store. Directories indicate that Louis
Kaesemayer started his dairy at the northeast corner of Carthage and
Dale Avenues around 1913. At that time Norwood had six other dairies
— Coldewey, Funke, Miller, Niehoff, Norwood and Schmutte.
Council names the new western extension of Norwood Avenue as
"Joseph E. Sanker Boulevard," in honor of the former
Announcement is made by the City that the old
"Steinberg's" building at the intersection of Montgomery
and Smith is to be demolished (it is torn down the first week of
November) and a medical building will be constructed in its place.
Interestingly, an old stone foundation, or wall, is visible at the
Montgomery Road side of the excavation—the other foundations are
- 2007 (October 16-December 28)
The R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company purchases Cardinal Brands,
Inc., making the brands part of its TOPS Products division. One of
the brands, Globe-Weis was created years before, partially from the
office filing business of Norwood's old Globe-Wernicke Company.
- 2008 (January 28)
An underground telephone cable, running from Montgomery Road, and
under Madison Avenue to Forest Avenue, was cut at the Surrey Square
expansion, disconnecting phone service for many homes in South
Norwood. The cable cut was said to contain either 900 or 1800
twisted pairs and 600 active telephone lines. Some subscribers were
without service for days as crews worked day and night to repair the
- 2008 (March 22)
The old Zumbiel buildings on Cleneay Avenue are imploded, clearing
the way for the Xavier University development project.
- 2008 (November)
The west strip of Norwood Plaza is demolished the first week of
November, soon after Xavier University acquired the property. The
north strip will be removed after the current leasees move out.
After years of delays and major project changes, the Rookwood
Exchange starts with a ground breaking ceremony for a complex of two
restaurants, a hotel, office building and parking garage.