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Old 01-18-2010, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati
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For all of us that hope that Over the Rhine can and will be saved, I thought you may want to read this article.

Now, not soon, is the time to save OTR's historic treasures | cincinnati.com | CommunityPress.com
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:44 PM
 
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"Change attitudes."

As the core city goes, so goes the city and what we know as Greater Cincinnati (yes, suburbs and Northern Kentucky, this is important to you, too).

Preservation of the historic core is not just councilís job.

It is not about them; it is us.

It is not there; it is here.

It is not soon.

It is now.
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:33 PM
 
Location: The "Sharpest" Corner of Ohio...
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I couldn't agree more.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Temporarily in Pawtucket, R.I.
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Not not, but RIGHT NOW!
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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OTR's incredible treasure of buildings is pretty well secured by the Historic Conservation Board. No one is buying up buildings and cutting them up for multi family occupancy any longer. There are thousands of unoccupied residential units available already.

Problem is that Cincinnati is a complaint driven city. So, what works in OTR is for their to be constant vigilance for guidline compliance by citizens followed up by complaints to the City.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Pleasant Ridge, Cincinnati, OH
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OTR's incredible treasure of buildings is pretty well secured by the Historic Conservation Board. No one is buying up buildings and cutting them up for multi family occupancy any longer. There are thousands of unoccupied residential units available already.

Problem is that Cincinnati is a complaint driven city. So, what works in OTR is for their to be constant vigilance for guidline compliance by citizens followed up by complaints to the City.
I like the buildings on the corner of Vine & McMicken. They're oddly shaped due to the shape of the intersection. There also used to be a movie theater, "the Imperial" at the intersection of McMicken & Mohawk - love the marquee. I always like to imagine what the place looked like 100 years ago... it must have been hopping.
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:53 AM
 
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OTR's incredible treasure of buildings is pretty well secured by the Historic Conservation Board.
I agree, to an extent. The historic district is great because it means that the biggest battle has already been won.

However, there's still a huge issue with "demolition through neglect." If an absentee investor lets their roof fail (among other things) a building can rapidly deteriorate. You can still demolish your buildings if they are deemed unsafe, or if it's so far gone that it's economically unfeasible to renovate.

In particular, it's my understanding that lots of buildings on McMicken are in really really bad shape.

Like you said, it's up to everyday citizens to report violations.
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:44 AM
 
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When I first located in OTR I was going to hire a paralegal to do nothing except complain about the Buddy Gray and Franciscans' crappy buidings but decided that eventually, they would figure out that they aren't helping down there. I was probably wrong.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis and Cincinnati
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Default Interior of Imperial

Here is a photo of the Interior of the Imperial I took this weekend. The Theatre is in Remarkably good condition on the inside. The art deco sconces are there as is the fabric wallcovering, even the original theatre seats. The building however desperately needs a roofs and it could all be lost if that doesn't happen soon.

FYI : The Urban Conservation office is the BIG problem with all the demos the city is doing. They are supposed under Federal Law to Conduct a Section 106 review on all properties older then 50 years old. As part of that process they are supposed to solicit public input, which they have not been doing for years on if property not in registered district 'May' be eligible for National Registry Status.

Knox Hill Neighborhood Association filed a formal complaint with HUD last week seeking a formal review of city proceedure. HUD can withold or stop Federal funds to the city if they do not respond and provide documention of their proceedure that meets Federal Guidelines. They recently yanked funds from Mansfield Ohio until they got a process in place and had a programatic agreement that has a consulting party designated.

People do not realize this but National Registry status ONLY protects the building from being demoed with Federal Funds. If the city uses their own money like Capital Improvement Funds, they can demo anything they want. Nothing in OTR is REALLY safe because the council has no requirement for public input on Capital Improvement funds and Historic property.

However there may be an issue with the "Nuisance Board" and Governmental Conflict of Interest since you have supervisors of the Inspectors bring the complaint sitting on the board that makes the decision.
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