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I'm really shocked that he was comparing it to New Orleans or Charleston North Carolina, two places that Cincinnati should really try to live up to in terms of preservation and in terms of a Tourist Model (though New Orleans is probably a bit too wild for the powers that be in Cincy, but I digress). Its wonderful to see clueless blinded people finally see the light of what they live in.
...Others, such as Covington and Newport, force owners to keep up the property lest they want their property rates to skyrocket to compensate the city for the loss of value (and force the owner to relinquish the lots to the city).
Here is a great blog post that details out what I was trying to say, but in a more concise (and not rushed) manner:http://victorianantiquitiesanddesign.blogspot.com/2010/01/foreclosure-crisiscincinnati-solution.html
And I agree with your last paragraph, we have large historic areas that have been preserved, but I would disagree with on certain areas, such as Clifton. While the housing stock is still there, it is often tenement or college housing and while that is because it is adjacent to the university, it doesn't do much to preserve the neighorhood's integrity in the long-term.
Lets hope this is a catalyst for more good things, one day I want to be able to get off the train in Cincinnati and be greeted by a city that is a smaller but still quite vibrant place than the one I left.
Rewind again....There is the French Quarter and The Garden District in New Orleans and that's pretty much it. Combined they comprise a little over a square mile. Much of the rest of New Orleans is crappy 1970's apartment complexes and dreadful public housing. We've definitely got more quality surviving 18th century stuff here than there. Plus we have a variety of truly iconic structures that New Orleans cannot match -- they have no landmark bridge, they have nothing that can match Music Hall, nothing like Union Terminal, nothing like The Carew Tower.
I do not like it when people refer to OTR north of Liberty as the "Northern Gateway"
The city purchased up many of these vacant parcels and properties. They then resold the properties to interested buyers for $1
QuoteI do not like it when people refer to OTR north of Liberty as the "Northern Gateway"I live north of Liberty and I have never heard that term. Are you sure they aren't saying Northern Liberties?
Even Paducah, Kentucky has a far more innovative program to rehabilitate dilapidated structures than most cities, including Cincinnati.
choose to donate the property to Landmarks rather than face fines and repair orders from the city. Sometimes they can donate to a local neighborhood group, perhaps not qualified to "hold' property under its 501C3 abd it can be stabilized and resold.
Indiana now has a law that prevents the owner of any property who has orders against it, from buying any forclosed property
I wish 3CDC could be pursuaded to start a program like this as it would allow them to let go of some property they have been holding and encourage others to come in.
There is no way they will ever be able to restore everything they own.
If you have open orders, you are in the data base and you do not get a number You also do not get a number if you have delinquent taxes.
the excuses for failure have been exhausted.
Quotethe excuses for failure have been exhausted.Failure? We are bringing on line hundreds of new homes and selling at a faster clip than anyone in the city. OTR is not failing, it is flourishing. New businesses, new homes and more positive press than any of us could have ever hoped for just a few years ago.