In another "exclusive" the Cincinnati Enquirer attempts to explain the plight of several of the most depressed neighborhoods within the City. They do this by allowing an anti-Urban Core message to be presented. The basic premise of the article asks if the City CURRENTLY is treating neighborhoods "Fairly." Then they trot out anecdotal evidence of decaying areas of many neighborhoods, and talk about areas like North/South Fairmont which have been declining for decades. Just looking at the rate of decline over the last decade is not a valid measurement alone. If the neighborhood was already depressed and was small and just got smaller, that's not a fair assessment.
Places like Price Hill and Fairmont are not economic centers, they are residential neighborhoods. As the article begrudgingly mentions, these neighborhoods were once home to large numbers of working class people who left when the manufacturing jobs left. This started to happen well over 40 years ago and ended still decades ago. So trying to claim these neighborhoods are being held back today because the City is focusing on rebuilding the urban core, is a fallacy. Putting money into places that exist to support the job centers of the city will do nothing. You have to support the Job Centers first and that will build up demand for housing in these neighborhoods. That demand will bring development dollars.
What does this rely on, strong job centers, which are located in the Urban core (Downtown/Pill Hill). So the answer to the question in the article asking if all neighborhoods are treated equally, the answer is no, and has always been no. Neighborhoods are different and serve different purpouses. It if funny that Queensgate wasn't really mentioned. It is just as depressed and hurting. Why? No one lives there, no one complains.
The City of Cincinnati must focus on building up the urban core. This is the basis of city development. Trying to prop up neighborhoods that don't have a viability beyond residential, can't be the focus. If these neighborhoods want to grow, they have to grow as the job centers grow. Support job center growth and they have a chance.
Another thing not covered by the article, but a factor none-the-less is the affect white-flight had on these neighborhoods. That's clear in the statistics and this isn't the initial wave that took place in the 1960's, this is a clear disparity. East Price Hill shows this the most, where since 2000, white population dropped nearly 40%, while the Black population increased by more than 50%, and the Hispanic population rose 340%. That doesn't fit the narrative, so it's ignored, like the neighborhood squeaky wheels claim they are being ignored. Ironic?