Revitalization of compact urban neighborhoods often means — and can even be centered on — renewing the urban parks within them. Patterson Park in Baltimore is a great example of this.
Recent news out of Cincinnati from the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is further evidence of this trend, where local economic development officials believe an over $40 million renovation of Washington Park is the most important project in terms of revitalizing this charming yet still struggling neighborhood north of downtown.
To paraphrase Jane Jacobs, a park isn’t necessarily a boon for a community unless the community confers appreciation and use on it. Let’s hope Washington Park, with this renovation, can become a real source of revitalization in Over-the-Rhine.
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