Observations and overviews of Cincinnati
It is amazing to me that the city rubber stamps wholesale demolition in a designamted historic area. In most cities in order for a demolition permit to be granted you would have to have peer review by historic commission as well as a public hearing for input from neighborhood groups. I just hope before we move there later this summer they havent tore everything down.
Thanks for posting this photo, and thank you Paul for sharing your opinion. I completely agree that there should be some level of review by a historic preservation professional and public notice before a demolition in an historic area. I don't understand why there is no review for demolitions like this and why there is no sensible plan for Over-the-Rhine. It seems like a lot of people care about these buildings... what action can be taken to turn this trend around? Even though it's great that they're building a school, I hate it that these buildings were destroyed unnecessarily.
The demolition was approved by the Historic Conservation Board in mid-May.My guess is that there was a review process around the time that the project was first proposed.
Not only is the demolition bad enough, when they do demolish these buildings, no company or individual is removing the stonework, windows, etc for salvage. I just can't believe no one is contracted to remove valuable pieces of these buildings before/as they are being destroyed.This weekend I helped myself to a few lentils and cornice pieces - and there's a lot more to be had. I just hope they haven't hauled it all away before I can get back for more!Oh - while it may be technically 'illegal', I view this harvesting of demo sites as 'the people's work.' I am recycling, reusing, preserving history, and more.
Its interesting in many cities there are local neighbborhood groups that operate restore & recycle centers. Basically, through cooperation with the city the volunteers of the group goes in pre-demolition, salvaged important pieces and then these are available for sale at a recycle center a few times during the month at a center staffed with neighborhod volunteers. Some times the city provides space in a city owned uilding. The proceeds are then used to support community efforts like paintup fix up, restoring houses and other beutification projects. I think something like this would be great in OTR if enough people would come together, I think it could be done.
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