In my opinion, historic preservation only really matters when you can save a whole street or whole district worth of buildings. Of course there are exceptions where a single, historically significant building should be saved. But in general, what we want to save is the historic feeling of the neighborhood.
In a neighborhood like Corryville where entire blocks are being demolished for low quality student housing, why even bother to fight that fight? Uptown Properties has the time and money to fight the historic preservationists, and even if we win, we might save 1 block of buildings in a neighborhood that's full of junk like VP3. It makes much more sense to focus our effort on areas where we can actually have an impact and start to send a message to developers: "You can not demolish an historic building in OTR. Period."
I also think that at the end of the day that many young cincinnatians are finally realizing how important OTR is to our culture of Cincinnati. OTR isn't just a neighborhood, but rather a vital lifeline to our past. It's history is profound, and the buildings become more than just old and antiquated buildings, but rather a key connection to our past and history.
Other neighborhoods struggle establishing that identity that OTR has been able to establish recently with our millienials. I really think it's because it's not just about the architecture, but it's also about being able to live in a neighborhood that has so much history and meaning that OTR has to Cincinnati.
I think at the end of the day, I'll trade a 100% fully rehabbed OTR/Pendelton/Old West End/Mohawk/Brighton district, and be perfectly fine with losing everything else. There's nothing like OTR in cincinnati. No other neighborhood compares to it's beauty, and it's street layout, and it's history. Oh and the views! Certain houses on mulberry street over look above all of OTR, and downtown cincinnati. It's so damn priceless, and on a crisp sunrise there's nothing more beautiful to witness the sunrise against the historic brick row houses and church steeples.
No other neighborhood holds the sheer magnitude of potential that OTR holds. OTR is a neighborhood time capsule that is rare to find nowadays in the midwest, and is continually disappearing in other major cities, and I promise you that it will become a premier attraction for our city when everything is built out and gentrified.
I've grown to become a preservationist through my discovery and love for OTR. But I'll admit, my love for Cincinnati is really only because of my discovery of OTR. It's that special of a neighborhood for me, and I'm literally obsessed with the potential it holds (in terms of rehabilitation and infill and just continued gentrification northwards).
But it still saddens me regardless to see continue destruction of other neighborhoods, especially when it's for surface lots or ugly infill.