So, a report comes out naming a census track in Over-the-Rhine as the most income mixed census track in the nation based on 2005 to 2009 data and then all the biased media fingers point to 3CDC. It doesn't surprise me that attacks will be made on 3CDC for its redevelopment efforts, but this attack is totally unfair.
Track 17, the area cited, is located in the Northeast part of OTR. What the article doesn't mention is that 3CDC's efforts are not in that area. If they had looked in track 9 or 10, then they would have found areas like the Gateway Quarter, Main Street, Washington Park. The variances in income cited in Census Track 17 are almost totally caused by the nice homes up on Mulberry Street at the top edge of the district. Pair this with the sparsely populated area below it and presto...the numbers fall into place giving the disparity. When you cut neighborhoods apart, then you can find lots of things. Hell, if 1 person making $100,000 moved to Queensgate, I think with the low population in that area, they would take over Track 17's title.
The other big bias in the article was drawing in the Metropole issue, which is not located in OTR and is a vastly different situation. The Metropole on the surface fits the conclusion the writer had formed, so adding it in was like icing on the cake. If you are going to draw in unrelated incidents, there is a nice empty field sitting in Norwood near Smith and Edwards that could serve someone's political agenda.
A significant part of the article attempted to look at OTR overall and provided a reasonable view on 3CDC's efforts, but this has nothing to do with cherry picking statistical and using that as the basis of the article. That makes a biased and just false claim that 3CDC caused the disparity. In fact with the time frame involved, 3CDC had not completed that many new locations and had at best purchased the empty, unused buildings that become the condo/apartments now flourishing. If you want to write an article criticizing redevelopment of OTR, then start typing, but keep the misleading statistics out of it.
I do credit one thing in the article without hesitation: the photo. The photo looks to me to be of Track 17, at least in part. In contrast, if you look at CityBeat's article on this story, then you should notice that the picture listed is not in Track 17 at all. It's of Gateway Quarter and it's inclusion with either a careless mistake or purposeful deception. I'll let you decide on that.