The Over-The-Rhine neighborhood
has gotten its share of bad press over the last few years.
But now, a new study is giving
them a little love.
NeighborhoodScout.com ranks the top-25 dangerous neighborhoods in
America, which OTR has topped in the past.
But this year, they don't make the cut.
Not long ago, there were boards covering windows, and properties
abandoned throughout OTR. At the same time, it was being called one of
the worst places in the country. But if you look around now, things are
"10 years ago, many of these
buildings, and many of the storefronts were vacant. That has drastically
changed, and with that development, we've seen an increase in safety," said
city council member, Chris Seelbach.
Since dropping off
NeighborhoodScout.com's list of top-25 dangerous neighborhoods this year, city
leaders say it's, in part, because of revitalization efforts.
That's one reason why one
business chose to move in.
We want to be part of that, and I
think that was something that we really jumped on and why we're out here and
not out somewhere else, is being part of the community," said Jake Baker, who's
a partner at frameshop.
Baker and his business partner,
Jacob Gerth, run frameshop on Main Street in OTR. They've only been
around since February, but one reason they chose OTR is simply because of the
"We are here not because there
was an opening, because it was inexpensive or it was available, we wanted to be
here," said Jacob Gerth, partner at frameshop.
Seelbach says the city's violent
crimes are down 17% over the last two years. Combine that with new
businesses, and public and private dollars coming into OTR, he says this can
"We know the model for
transforming one of the most unsafe parts of the country, into one of the most
cool, hip places to be. And so, we have to use that model in other parts
of our city," Seelbach told FOX19.
Frameshop wants to be part of
"If you're not progressing, then you're falling behind, and
we're part of that progress, and we're part of the excitement, and you don't
want it to stop," added Baker.
The city also has what's called a Focus 52 fund to help with projects like
revitalization. Seelbach says a project the city is considering is
building a square in Westwood, much like what you'd find in Hyde Park or
Oakley. To learn more about the fund, visit http://choosecincy.com/services/Focus52.
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