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Honestly I think the fact that there IS so much of it really hurts preservation efforts, as paradoxical as it seems. This, coupled with the fact that Cincinnatians don't seem to travel much to see that their collection of historic buildings is actually something very unique, makes it all but impossible to convince many people that it's worth saving. To them, it's "old and worthless" and any new development, no matter how schlocky and terrible, is considered an upgrade just by virtue of its newness. If people would realize that there really is nothing like these neighborhoods elsewhere in the country, they might have more of a fighting chance, but the region needs to see the inherent value in these old buildings first. Uptown is going to struggle the most with this because the two groups of people who are probably going to care the least about historic preservation are college students and absentee landlords. By and large, people don't have to fight these fights in other cities. Columbus gets it, and Cleveland has started to get it - hell, they completely rebuilt one of the Playhouse Square lobbies that burned down fifty years ago to its original grandeur (not to mention the Heinens and everything else along Euclid). There should be this level of activism in Cincinnati, which has far and away the best collection of historic urban fabric in this part of the country, but no one will step up to the plate. We shouldn't be fighting battles of the Dennison, or over Union Terminal for f**k's sake. Who in their right mind would actually say "it's an old drain on finances, tear it down?" It's one kind of unforgiveable when we lose places like the West End, but when we have people in this region who don't even care about Union Terminal and Music Hall, it's a very, very difficult war to fight.
Its so crazy how blind Cincinnati is to its architectural treasure. Every other city that has it in the US seems to recognize and celebrate it a lot more. I do see signs of hope towards change though - it seems that younger folks in Cincy are much more proactive towards realizing how important the cities historic treasure is. Preservation groups in other cities have this stereotype of being "old ladies clubs" but I've noticed in Cincy some of the best preservation advocates have been folks my age and younger.Being from closer to Dayton originally I guess gave me an insider and outsiders perspective, inside enough to Cincinnati to understand the city mentality but outsider enough to realize what's wrong with it.10 years ago the Dennison would have gone down without even a fight. Things are moving in the right direction, I just hope it isn't too late. Wish more of Walnut Hills especially had been saved.
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."
They've started demolition on two of these three on Vine:https://email@example.com,-84.5065343,3a,75y,91h,92.64t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sbk2pz3HG7VGZiQicsDZ3vg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en
And I think it's this little one on Mulberry:https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-84.5162538,3a,75y,232.95h,80.38t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sFWtLRvMPLUXSLBmfZVeVrg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en
41 E Clifton is in the process of being demolished. http://wedge3.hcauditor.org/view/re/0940005014400/2016/summary
Quote from: CincyMan on April 18, 2017, 09:25:12 AMAnd I think it's this little one on Mulberry:https://email@example.com,-84.5162538,3a,75y,232.95h,80.38t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sFWtLRvMPLUXSLBmfZVeVrg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=enWhat about that one on Mulberry? They just repainted it and have been renovating it slowly.
Two days ago, the city tore down the house that adjoined our patio. We were given less than 24 hours notice and it has been stressful and chaotic (we were forced to close on Thursday.) However, as the great comedy troupe, Monty Python, says..."Always Look on The Bright Side of Life..."BrewRiver's patio now has a fabulous breeze, and even more importantly, an extended river view that is incredible! Also, our entire 2nd floor main dining room now has a river view! We have really been struggling with all the construction traffic, and are so happy to see a positive come from many negatives!