West End, Cincinnati

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West End is a neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.

West End is a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, located north-west of downtown, east of Queensgate, west of Over-the-Rhine, and south-east of Fairview.

The historic West End was largely razed in the 1950s as part of a series of urban renewal projects, including the construction of Interstate 75.[1]

The West End is the location of City West, the largest housing development project in Cincinnati since World War II.[2] The project transformed the once low-income area into mixed-income development.[2] In 1999 many of the blighted, cramped buildings were leveled to make way for new townhomes with ample parking.[2] In 2007, part 1 crimes were down by 30% when compared to 1999.[2]

Controversy erupted in 2005 when plans were announced to open a $15-million "one-stop" social services facility at 800 Bank Street.[3] The project, known as CityLink, would be the largest such facility in Cincinnati.[4] Some argued that it would increase crime and poverty in the West End, decrease property value, and undermine the redevelopment there.[4] Some even accused the city of trying to relocate the poor from the thriving Over-the-Rhine neighborhood to the West End.[4] However, proponents argued that the West End's central location makes it easy for the poor to access.[4] A lawsuit to stop the CityLink project failed, as did the subsequent appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.[3]

Cincinnati's West End neighborhood contains a large collection of historic properties, including the Dayton Street Historic District.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gratz, Roberta Brandes (Sep 1, 1994). "The Living City: How America's Cities Are Being Revitalized by Thinking Small in a Big Way". John Wiley & Sons. p. 70. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Demeropolis, Tom (April 25, 2008). "City West project recreates West End". Business Courier of Cincinnati. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Court decision go-ahead for Cincinnati's CityLink". Business Courier of Cincinnati. March 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 

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