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Crime Report Is Good News For OTR Development

More indications of business are appearing in Over The Rhine. More indications of business are appearing in Over The Rhine.
Findlay Market was recently renovated and shoppers are coming back to the open air market. Findlay Market was recently renovated and shoppers are coming back to the open air market.
A greater police presence on bikes and on foot have deterred crime. A greater police presence on bikes and on foot have deterred crime.

(CINCINNATI) -- Recent crime statistics in Cincinnati have been released and the result is good news.

The report said that serious crime almost across the board has taken a 25 percent drop.

One of the most impressive numbers comes from Over The Rhine where serious crime has dropped a staggering 40 percent.

That number is not only important to those who might be victimized by crime but by those who see opportunity for the downtown neighborhoods.

For a long time, there has been a small but dedicated group of people working to make Over The Rhine a better place to live and work.

The crackdown on crime has lead the way to a revitalized Findlay Market.

A group called the Gateway Project is concentrating their efforts on bringing new business and reinvigorating the life around 12th and Vine Streets.

In 2004 there were 250 police calls to that area and a year later, that number dropped by 100. In 2006 there were fewer than 10 and this year, police say no calls have been made to that area where at one time drugs a prostitution ran rampant.

"The Cincinnati police department came down here first and really made a commitment to improving this neighborhood and then they were joined by the Hamilton County Sheriff's (department)," said Kathleen Norris of the Gateway Project.

"And those two law enforcement agencies are working hand in hand to insure the decent people in this neighborhood have a safe place to live."

Norris said that Jean-Robert de Cavel is planning to open a bistro in the area along with the announcement of a store called Metro Nation.

Condos in the area have been going like hot cakes. Twelve units have been sold in the last 45 days. All of this is part of a plan to make Over The Rhine the coolest neighborhood in town and an attraction for people who visit.

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