But, violence like that isn't
stopping positive improvements to the neighborhood and surrounding area.
The city of Cincinnati has
approved an area around DeSales Corner as a Community Entertainment District,
an area that hasn't always looked like it does today. The CED designation
provides a tool to help revitalize neighborhoods, and help businesses get
liquor licenses at a normal cost of around $2,300 to help spur that
"It's been a while since it
was bad. But, I think when this effort first started five, ten years ago,
there were real safety issues. There was a lot of vacancy, a lot of
blight. It essentially wasn't a place. It wasn't a place anyone
cared about," said Kevin Wright, executive director of the Walnut Hills
That's all changed.
It's taken years, but most of the
storefronts are filling up, streetscape projects beautified the area and new
businesses are moving in.
"Just as you've seen the
transformation in OTR, I think that that is what's going to happen here, as
well," said Alicia Gibson, owner of Heterotopia.
Gibson is opening her bookstore,
Heterotopia, along Woodburn Avenue. She sees the area as a great catalyst
in continuing efforts of cutting crime.
"That kind of crime occurs
in all different kinds of places. I think this street has already made
that turn," said Gibson.
But, what officials say was
really missing to take the area to the next level – a destination bar, and a
That's about to change, too.
"There's some great people
who live up in this neighborhood, and they're bringing it back to life. We really wanted to be a part of that," said Molly Wellmann, co-owner of
The first liquor license as part
of the new entertainment district will go to Myrtle's. Wright says there
are four total liquor licenses available for this particular entertainment
"I want a great place for
people to live, a positive place to live. If you want that to happen, you
actually have to come in and make that happen. You have to be the
positive energy," said Wellmann.
The hope is that the nearly
decade long investment, combined with the entertainment district, will really
make the city safer.
"That is what's going to
make East Walnut Hills and other neighborhoods in the city of Cincinnati safer
long-term. We think this is the sustainable way to solve some of those
problems," Wright told FOX19.
Walnut Hills also has a CED
designation. Thanks to that, Fireside Pizza was able to come to the
neighborhood in the oldest standing firehouse in Cincinnati.
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