Monday, July 7, 2008

Cincinnati Side street Tour

We were in Cincinnati yesterday doing the inspection on our house on Dayton Street and took a quick walking tour around the neighborhood. to anyone who thinks that Dayton St Historic or West End is a bad neighborhood, you really need to take a second look. This photo tour is of the 1900 block of Colerain. In Indy these homes would all be 250K up to a mil. People in Cincinnati dont realize what a housing bargain they have!


Jason said...

I agree totally. In fact, in many other cities, not just Indianapolis, these homes would be prime real estate and some of the most desirable in the city.
However, as you pointed out, there's a real perception problem in Cincinnati when it comes to OTR and the West End.
For some reason, many Cincinnati residents (mostly those in the suburbs who are descendants of the baby boomer generation whose parents and grandparents fled the city in the late 40s and 50s) refuse to believe that it is possible for OTR or the West End to be a desirable place to live. This is true to such an extent that the majority of these people have never even driven through these neighborhoods, let alone noticed how historically important or beautiful these areas are!
This is something I think about a lot and I'm not sure what the exact problem is or its solution, but I think a lot of it is the fact that Cincinnati is full of people who were born here, raised here, and worked here all their lives. This is a problem because they are basing their perceptions on biased opinions formulated from the past. (for example, that OTR is a ghetto not worth saving or never to be visited or other ridiculous claims like this).
Since they never leave to go away to other cities for any time they don't fully appreciate or understand what they are missing out on. The people that want to save the neighborhood now are people who have at the very least gone away to college and learned something about life and history and see the importance of a neighborhood like OTR.
Its these young, educated, progressively thinking minds that our city needs more of. I think City Council realizes this to some degree and recognizes the need for attracting and retaining more young professional, educated types to the city. This is one thing that I see happening very easily if the streetcars go in and the city continues to do things like its green roof initiative and similar programs.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed everyday that city council and other members of the community continue to make smart choices for strengthening these neighborhoods and attracting the right people to them, like yourself.

pete said...

hi paul,

found your site from your comment on Urbancincy's post about Gentrification.

I'm a professional in my mid-20's and I recently moved down to over-the-rhine into a building built in 1860! The architecture and character in the OTR neighborhood is indeed one-of-a-kind and i'm very happy to hear that you're taking advantage of the great real estate deals.

let's make this neighborhood great again and make you lots of money when you turn around and sell your renovated buildings!

Rehab Or Die said...

Dayton St. Has some of the finest urban mansions in the Midwest.

I considered buying there, but the projects were just too big to do, and it was hard to find off street parking, a garden space, and affordability. Not that the properties are priced high, but to renovate most of them is beyond my means. Actually, it's the RESTORATION that they beg for that's beyond my means. LOL!

In any case, we're glad to have you in the region. Welcome.