Italian Village is what most refer to as a mixed-use community, meaning it is a blend of residential, commercial, and industrial properties. The area has also been listed as a historic district for its cultural and historical preservation. Many of the buildings reflect the Italian architecture of those who first settled here. The residential area features a blend of large older homes, converted and new lofts and apartments.
For those who like to eat out, there are several excellent places to eat in the community. It's only a short drive to the nearest pet supply store and dog-park and you are close enough to be able to commute into the city for work.
Spring and fall are very temperate with temperatures in the 60s to 80s, but you can count on a fair amount of rain. Summers tend to hover in the mid-80s with a few rainy days and winter days hover just above freezing with quite a bit of snow.
The ground here is predictably flat like most of the rest of the city. According to topographical maps, the entire city does not vary in elevation by more than 30 feet. In the residential area, you and your pooch will be walking on sidewalks everywhere go. Combine this with pancake flat ground and you might think it would be hard to keep your walks challenging and exciting. But there are plenty of roads and streets to wander down.
One thing to look out for in this area is the presence of the highway at the southern end of the neighborhood. This roadway is large and full of fast moving traffic which should be avoided by those on foot. Instead, stick to the neighborhoods and smaller streets which should have quieter traffic that shouldn't pose too much of an issue.
3rd and 4th Streets, however, are other major roadways that should be avoided when walking with your pup.
Within the boundaries of Italian Village, you won't find much in the way of usable green space. There is, however, the Italian Village Park on the corner of Kerr Street and E Hubbard Avenue. This is a small park with a little grass for the two of you to walk around on and tables for picnics.
However, just past the southeast corner of the community is Goodale Park. The park covers over 32 acres and has a walking trail with plenty of grass to enjoy. As with all city parks, Fido must be kept on a leash.
A little further to the west sits Wheeler Dog Park which features a large fenced-in area split into sections for large and small dogs, lots of shade, water for the dogs in both sections, and plenty of room for your pup and their new friends to run around and burn off some excess energy.