|Intact buildings, very restorable, no wonder why this block is historic eligible!|
This was obviously an upscale area when built given the "High Style" French Second empire homes and the Finely detailed Italianate commercial buildings and I am sure those who built it back then would be shocked at the idea of its demolition. So how did it get this way you ask? SIMPLE. The city of Cincinnati did it. After WW2 this became a largely catholic, neighborhood of people of Italian or Irish decent. The homes were well kept the children respectful and life centered around the church. It was a neighborhood, it was a community. After the 2001 riots in Over the Rhine, the city had a problem and they needed to "decentralize' that problem. The "portability" of section 8 vouchers solved that and the city essentially "dumped' their problems on the West side, and that and the rise in crime that occurred simply drove out a viable community.. The city has spend millions on the "gentrification" of OTR of course OTR has lost 50 percent of its housing stock over the years and its status as "historic" teeters in the balance. Basically the city moved its "blight" problem, out of OTR to Fairmount and now with that and clearly "targeted enforcement" by city inspectors since 2007, writing VBML and condemn orders created a new "blight scenario" so they can get MORE federal money and under the guise of being "green", do yet another "urban renewal' project, forcing the poor out again and getting millions to move them elsewhere RATHER than actually fix the problem through better education, real job opportunity and greater responsibility from those on assistance. Oh and of course, the city Bond rating, lets not forget that.
|Nicely detailed brick work, 2nd story arched windows and great brackets here.|
|A"The twins' as I call them would be million dollar mansions in any major city!|
|When you have detail like this your restoration costs are greatly reduced.|
Real numbers and real common sense. Not MSD demolition plan and unproven "land scheme" redevelopment hinging on the premise that you build a ditch and builders in this bad economy will suddenly flock to the area to build upscale housing.
Even if you could care less about Old Houses, EDUCATE yourself as to what these 'current hot idea concepts' that MSD is planning means to your bottom dollar and this city's tax base. Tell MSD to get back to common sense proposals that utilize historic preservation as an economic development tool and DITCH the DITCH! daylight Lick Run Below Grand where it won't destroy an entire Historic Town. The "New Urbanist crap" that will replace it will not be Historic Fairmount!