Towns With a Past, Towns With a Future

3 thoughts on “Towns With a Past, Towns With a Future”

  1. Flash forward a little more than three years later and I see some revitalization in Westwood. Interestingly, the neighborhood in Green Township on the other side of Glenway (other side of the street from KFC and Burger King in your picture) was actually designed to be walkable in the 1950’s. Each cul-de-sac that goes towards Glenway has a ‘cat walk’ that takes you directly there. There are cul-de-sac’s throughout with catwalks that connect the streets. That neighborhood is in walking distance to Oakdale Elementary, Bridgetown Middle School and Oak Hills High School; also Kroger, Walgreens, etc. etc. If you want parochial, your in walking distance to St. Jude and St. Al’s Bridgetown. You can also technically walk to Mother of Mercy high school, although that school is in it’s last year of operation. We’ve lived there for years, raised two kids already, both of whom walked to school from 5th grade on and then walked to their first jobs for years. We walk to church and on nice days, I walk to Target and when I take my car to the mechanics, I walk back. We are now raising two more kids (12 year gap between sets of kids) and not a ton has changed. Our house was built in 1956, it has good bones as do all the homes. They are solid brick and with a little work, they age well. The neighborhood is mixed-there are meticulously kept homes, run-down homes and everything in between. The majority are maintained well.

    I do wonder about this area of Green Township and how it will age. I grew up in Colerain township in a much newer neighborhood, that has already completely deteriorated. This Green Township neighborhood has houses that were built in the 1940’s-50’s and I have been impressed as it just keeps ‘ticking’. My husband and I have had conversations lately, will we stay or will we go? I’d like to stay, I’m not afraid of poor people or of losing some property value. Admittedly, we don’t use the public schools; all of our children but one have attended nearby parochial schools. Our oldest attends the University of Cincinnati. I do wonder how it will age though, based on this post it sounds like you don’t think it will go well. I can’t help but think that this area of Green Township, on top of Cheviot, has the good bones you speak of though.

  2. Great article and something that is the starting point for a discussion on ‘solutions’.

    Only issue is your repeated references to Beavercreek as a Metro Cincinnati Mason equivalent, but Beavercreek is not in Metro Cincinnati, but Metro Dayton about 1.5 hours to the north.

    1. Your point is well taken. However, The Mason/Beavercreek comparison was less about physical proximity than cultural migration. I visit friends in Yellow Springs and I can’t find any difference between any of the suburbs between Cincy and Dayton. I also know people who commute to Dayton from Cincy every day so to me the two cities/metros are part of the same big sprawling blob. How many people live in Indiana or Kentucky and commute for an hour or so to jobs elsewhere in the greater metroplex? My point is that people are choosing distant suburbs or inner cities, but the stuff in between is neither fish, nor flesh, nor fowl and is likely to fail unless it’s reinvented.

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