Noted without Comment

Noted without Comment

Soon before we moved out of our Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati apartment, we received this registered sex offender notice. Meanwhile, the powers that be in that neighborhood are building a 3,300 square foot deck with concessions and seating area in Washington Park to add “more private space to do events.” Remember when parks were simply public green spaces?

8 thoughts on “Noted without Comment

  1. It’s a huge adjustment, but it’s working out pretty well so far. Thank you for asking! We actually again live next to an urban park, but this one is just a public green space, which is so nice. After living next to Washington Park for so long, I’d almost forgotten what that is!

  2. Caesar must be paid, you can only be drunk if 3CDC has made money from it. I’m torn on this new deck, its going to be a lightning rod for problems between the haves and have mores.
    Oh and we got one of those notices once, the mans address was a light pole on Freedom Way, LOL

  3. 5chw4r7z, I just read an interesting article on “environmental gentrification,” a term I don’t think I’d heard before but which completely makes sense given my experiences in OTR over almost 9 years. Of course the High Line in NYC would be the poster child for this phenomenon. Just a wee excerpt from the article to hopefully whet your appetite, “In reality, a more modest, piecemeal approach is often better both for the environment and for the socio-economic composition of large cities.”

    It seems to me that Washington Park is intended to be a citywide, maybe even regional, attraction that just happens to be in a largely residential area. In fact, you could say that about the reinvention of OTR as a whole. Not that I was the most active resident when I lived there, but when I attended meetings, filled out surveys and generally tried to stay in the know about neighborhood matters, it seemed to me that a lot of my immediate neighbors had similar complaints about the programming in the park as I did.

    In response, management added more events. Bigger. Louder. Eventually it dawned on me that the problem wasn’t that management wasn’t listening. It was that the immediate neighbors were not the target audience. In fact, if you were to poll people who live more than a few blocks away from the park, I’m sure they love it and consider it to be a valuable asset. I can’t argue with that. It’s great to have a choice to attend free events, or paid events, if you’d like. The fact that the park is a nuisance for, I don’t know, 100 people, pales in comparison with the impact it has on its actual audience.

    This reflects a shift in thinking about green spaces, for sure. And it’s working according to plan, as the have-not-quite-enoughs continue to leave, while there are plenty of have-mores to take their places.

  4. Maya, when people in my condo building complain there is nothing business wise within a couple blocks and they wish there were more on 4th I tell them to be careful what they wish for. Its nice to go to Fountain Square or OTR were all the action is then return to my nice quiet corner of downtown.

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