West End, Cincinnati

West End, Cincinnati

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

Controversy erupted in 2005 when plans were announced to open a $15-million "one-stop" social services facility at 800 Bank Street.[2] The project, known as CityLink, would be the largest such facility in Cincinnati.[3] Some argued that it would increase crime and poverty in the West End, decrease property value, and undermine the redevelopment there.[3] Some even accused the city of trying to relocate the poor from the thriving Over-the-Rhine neighborhood to the West End.[3] However, proponents argued that the West End's central location makes it easy for the poor to access.[3] A lawsuit to stop the CityLink project failed, as did the subsequent appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.[2]

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

References

External links

  • Comprehensive West End Revitalization Plan
  • Official CityLink site