Monday, April 5, 2010

Knox Hill neighborhood tour, 3/20/10

On March 20, State Rep. Denise Driehaus met with Knox Hill Neighborhood Association President Paul Wilham to learn how the foreclosure crisis is affecting urban neighborhoods, specifically older ones like this small corner of South Fairmount. Cincinnati Preservation Association Preservation Director Margo Warminski and I went along for the tour, which covered a fairly representative area along Knox Street and Fairmount Avenue.

Topics covered included the role of out-of-state LLCs, state level legislation requiring delinquent property taxes to be paid before a deed is recorded, a repeal of the City's vacated building maintenance license (VBML), and land banking.

Wilham has also proposed the creation of state-level Community Redevelopment Zone districts, incentivizing local governments to work with neighborhood groups on homeownership and reinvestment initiatives.

A complete write-up of the event can be found on Wilham's blog, Victorian Antiquities and Design.

The following photos have been added to the South Fairmount gallery, which now contains 53 photos.

Click on each image to enlarge to 800 x 600.

1. Rep. Driehaus and Wilham discuss the neighborhood's housing stock along Fairmount Avenue.

2. Asphalt sidewalk along McBrayer Street

3. Plantings spruce up McBrayer Street

4. Wilham and his partner Greg Drake are restoring this Second Empire cottage at the corner of Knox and McBrayer streets

5. Knox Street

6. Westwood's water tower is visible, looking westward down Knox Street

7. Knox Street

8. Knox Street, approaching Thompson Avenue

9. Knox Street

10. Thompson Avenue, approaching Fairmount Avenue

11. Initricate iron work, Knox Street and Thompson Avenue

12. Knox Street

13. Knox Street

14. Yet another house being prepared for demolition, Knox Street

15. Demolition site, Knox Street

16. Close up

17. Backs of Bethany House buildings on Fairmount Avenue

18. Fairmount Avenue

19. Blaine Road

20. Fairmount Avenue

21. Fairmount Avenue

22. Fairmount Avenue

23. Fairmount Avenue

24. Fairmount Avenue

25. Fairmount Avenue

26. Fairmount Avenue

27. Fairmount and Thompson avenues

28. "Junkyard", Thompson Avenue and Knox Street