There has been considerable progress made in Over-the-Rhine over the past several years. Part 1 Crimes (serious crimes as defined by the FBI) have been rapidly decreasing. This year alone, crime is down 22.12% according to Cincinnati Police Department statistics. If this year’s decrease continues, crime will have fallen 49.48% from 2005-2009. This graph shows the downward trajectory of crime in Over-the-Rhine.
Recently, Walletpop.com called Over-the-Rhine the “most dangerous neighborhood in the country.” They used data “averaged across the most recent three years of non-preliminary (final) data available from the FBI (2005, 2006, and 2007).” Averaging 2005-2007 would be 1546 crimes per year on average. This year is on pace for only 932 crimes per year—a 39.71% decrease from the Walletpop.com data.
Over-the-Rhine is improving. Crime is going down. New business owners like Park + Vine, Market Wines, and World Food Bar are setting up shop and are committed to improving the neighborhood. Investing in a Streetcar will only help these trends and give those residents currently living in Over-the-Rhine new transportation options. The streetcar will attract more residents, transport over a million people a year through the neighborhood, and increase the number of eyes on the street, further reducing crime. By reducing the amount of structured parking needed for new developments, the streetcar will allow more affordable housing options and preserve more of Over-the-Rhine’s unique and irreplaceable housing stock.
The benefits for the rest of the city will be considerable. A cleaner, safer Over-the-Rhine means more public resources can be used elsewhere. New residents, business, and rehabilitated buildings will result in new tax revenues that can be spent in all 52 neighborhoods. And revitalized, historic neighborhood will drive tourism and create jobs in Cincinnati. There has been great progress made in Over-the-Rhine so far, building the Streetcar will accelerate and enhance the efforts the revitalize this great neighborhood. Support Over-the-Rhine—Build the Streetcar.