Over-The-Rhine growth in Downtown Cincinnati
Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is believed to be the fastest-growing neighborhood in the city. It has been voted ‘Best Cincinnati Neighborhood’ in City Beat’s Best of Cincinnati from 2011-2014.
However, Over-the-Rhine has come a long way from being the heart of its ethnic German community for decades to an impoverished area, resurging as a vibrant, colorful neighborhood. German immigrants made this neighborhood their home when there was a high rate of German immigration to Cincinnati during the second half of the 19th century. Thanks to the Germans and the breweries of the neighborhood, Cincinnati became the third-largest beer-producing city in the United States.
But, things changed during the 20th century as the residents started to move out of the neighborhood. The once-thriving neighborhood turned destitute. It’s only several years ago, a revival started taking place.
Today, it’s a much-improved neighborhood and is clearly attracting residents as well as visitors from all over. Urban young professionals, empty nesters, restaurateurs and independent businesses are flocking to this neighborhood now, as work opportunities and business opportunities are increasing here.
The historic neighborhood has been remarkably revitalized and plenty of people are now living in this area. When you drive through the neighborhood or walk down Vine Street and Main Street, you see new shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, fashion boutiques and art galleries. And if you want to attend a concert here, you can go to the magnificent Music Hall, home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera and the Cincinnati Ballet.
Over-the-Rhine also offers you Washington Park which reopened after renovation in 2012. It’s increasingly becoming a great place for events like MidPoint Music Festival and OTR Beerfest Carnival bring thousands of people to the park. And just two blocks north of Washington Park, there is Findlay Market which is one of the oldest continuously operated public markets in the country.
Now, what about the buildings? This neighborhood has some of the largest collection of Italianate architecture in the United States. Historic buildings have been restored and many other buildings have been renovated for use as apartments, condos, as well as retail spaces, which is resulting in a significant increase in home ownership.
Phenomenal growth? You bet. Congratulations, Over-the-Rhine!
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