Secondary Research/Zoe Storch

  • A plan written in 2005 to begin the regrowth and renovation of businesses and residential areas in the Camp Washington area
  • “Camp Washington NBD was once seen as a strong business community, the center of commerce for the industrial and residential communities. More recently, Camp Washington NBD has been perceived as an economically viable area for reinvestment.” (2)
  • Would be an interesting followup to see if these goals were achieved
  • Useful history about the area and what major projects have occurred over the years

Thesis: Two years before the financial crash of 2007, Camp Washington developed a multi year redevelopment and market feasibility plan. Comparing their goals with today’s redevelopment, Camp Washington hasn’t been able to achieve all of the benchmarks they set for themselves.

  • News segment about plans to renovate areas of Camp Washington today
  • Still trying to get funding and renovations under way (all still speculative)
  • Rhinegeist wants to put medical marijuana plant (needs to win bid)
  • Crosley Building Renovation (radio building to housing)

Thesis: As of July 2017, there are many speculative renovations and bids on Camp Washington area buildings to turn them into businesses and housing which points at population growth and economic upturn.

  • Comprehensive study that covers changes between 2005-2009 of many major social and economic conditions in Cincinnati neighborhoods
  • “Among the working class white Appalachian areas Camp Washington, South Fairmount, the East End, and Lower Price Hill saw improvements in the 2000 to 2005-2009 period.” (43)
  • P 59- drop out rates increase 14.5% from 2000-2009
  • P 88- Unemployment rates increase 2% from 2000-2009
  • Joblessness rates increase 1% from 2000-2009

Thesis: Taking data from multiple charts in this study, there is a small but significant increase in both drop out and unemployment rates in the Camp Washington area. These correspond to the 2007 financial crash. Although the area was slightly affected by this economic change, there’s not enough data to support a large financial downturn due to it.

Synthesis: Looking at these three documents, it’s unclear if some of the financial downturn Camp Washington has experienced post 2007 is due fully to the crash or if other factors affected it. Currently, there are a few Camp Washington area organizations that are working to renovate and redevelop with the help of investors and local area businesses (which is a good sign that money is being put into the area). Overall, it seems like the financial crash slightly affected the business district of Camp Washington, but 10 years later, they are still creating jobs and income for the area with new renovation projects.