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 population was 6,627 at the 2010 census.[1]

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.[2]

The West End is the location of City West, the largest housing development project in Cincinnati since World War II.[3] The project transformed the once low-income area into mixed-income development.[3] In 1999 many of the blighted, cramped buildings were leveled to make way for new townhomes with ample parking.[3] In 2007, part 1 crimes were down by 30% when compared to 1999.[3]

Controversy erupted in 2005 when plans were announced to open a $15-million "one-stop" social services facility at 800 Bank Street.[4] The project, known as CityLink, would be the largest such facility in Cincinnati.[5] Some argued that it would increase crime and poverty in the West End, decrease property value, and undermine the redevelopment there.[5] Some even accused the city of trying to relocate the poor from the thriving Over-the-Rhine neighborhood to the West End.[5] However, proponents argued that the West End's central location makes it easy for the poor to access.[5] A lawsuit to stop the CityLink project failed, as did the subsequent appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.[4]

The West End is served by a branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.[6]

In 2021, FC Cincinnati of Major League Soccer will build a new soccer stadium in the neighborhood, at the site of Stargel Stadium on Central Parkway.[7]

Historic architecture and districts[edit]

Former Lafayette Bloom School in 2017


  1. ^ "West End Statistical neighborhood approximation". City of Cincinnati. p. 2. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b c d Demeropolis, Tom (April 25, 2008). "City West project recreates West End". Business Courier of Cincinnati. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Court decision go-ahead for Cincinnati's CityLink". Business Courier of Cincinnati. March 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  5. ^ "West End Branch". Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Knight, Cameron (May 16, 2018). "Team, neighbors agree to benefit pact, then City Council gives its approval". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved May 29, 2018. 

Further reading[edit]

Harshaw, J. W. (2009). Cincinnati's West End: Through our eyes. United States: CreateSpace.[1]

Singer, A. J. (2005). Stepping out in Cincinnati: Queen City Entertainment 1900-1960. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing.[2]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°06′43″N 84°31′31″W / 39.1119444°N 84.5252778°W / 39.1119444; -84.5252778

  1. ^ Harshaw, John (2009). Cincinnati's West End: Through our eyes. United States: CreateSpace. ISBN 1456306022. 
  2. ^ Singer, Allen (2005). Stepping Out in Cincinnati: Queen City Entertainment 1900-1960. South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738534323.