Gina Gartner of Downtown Cincinnati, Inc.:
In addition, the growing residential community, from The Banks to Over-the-Rhine, is actively engaged in making downtown a great place to live.
This is the key. Everyone I know who has moved to Downtown or OTR loves those neighborhoods, loves the positive changes that continue to take place, and is involved in activities that help the city keep moving forward.
A lot of people in my generation grew up in places where there was not really a “neighborhood”. And now they’re discovering how awesome it is to feel like you’re part of a real community, have lots of friends nearby, have fun things to do within walking distance, and be surrounded by great architecture and history every day.
City haters are going to keep on hating, but they can’t change the facts.
It’s extremely hard to find apartments for rent downtown. The 300 units at The Banks filled up as soon as they opened. And I don’t see any reason why new units won’t continue to fill up as they become available. Mercer Commons will bring 155 more residental units to OTR. Future phases of The Banks and other 3CDC projects will keep the number growing. And there are several buildings downtown that could be converted to apartments or condos when the demand gets to that point.
We’re even starting to get to the point where the mainstream media is taking notice. Of course, they often follow it up with a sensationalist anti-city story, but we’re headed in the right direction. They’re realizing that you can’t write off the city any longer. And that you can’t have a strong region without a strong urban core.