David Brewster: Is Cincinnati a model for Seattle

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I find this story about the revitalization of a dangerous neighborhood in Cincinnati to be instructive. It was done largely by the private sector, pooling resources, rather than by city hall. It preserved many of the fine old buildings of this once-German neighborhood, Over the Rhine, and drew upon the Appalachian culture of the next wave of residents. It’s a reminder of how creative in urbanism many other cities are across the nation, not just in amenities cities such as Seattle. And it raises the question whether there is a part of Seattle that would benefit from this kind of approach. Rainier Valley, say?
Leaning on the pocketbooks of local corporations, officials rebuilt an architectural gem in the heart of the city.

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