Friday, January 18, 2013

Blight and crime reduction program coming to Mount Airy, Carthage

Cincinnati's Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) is coming to Mount Airy and Carthage in 2013, making them the fifteenth and sixteenth neighborhoods to receive the benefits of the 90-day enforcement blitz.

The program brings together City departments, neighborhood businesses and residents to address blight, crime, and other nuisances, helping to forge new partnerships that will facilitate long-term neighborhood revitalization and reinvestment.

The NEP launches in Mount Airy on March 1 and in Carthage in mid-August.

The selection of neighborhoods is statistically driven through a Department of Community Development mapping process that identifies pockets of police incidents, nuisance complaints, and other negative quality of life issues. Winning neighborhoods are expected to have organized leadership, private investment, and general community stability.

The NEP has won awards from the Ohio City/County Management Association, Neighborhoods USA, the Ohio Conference of Community Development, and the Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati. In 2009, it was named as a national finalist in the category of community development in the National Development Council's Academy.

Previous NEP neighborhoods include Avondale, Bond Hill, College Hill, Corryville, CUF, Evanston, Kennedy Heights, Madisonville, Mount Washington, Northside, Over-the-Rhine (Brewery District), Pendleton, Price Hill, and Westwood.

Previous reading on BC:
Pendleton enforcement blitz reduces blight and crime, promotes redevelopment (11/20/12)
Neighborhood Enhancement Program kicks off in Pendleton (8/15/12)
Groundbreaking for Kennedy Heights center 'a delicious, marvelous day' (6/15/12)
Crime, blight reduction program launches in Over-the-Rhine (3/7/11)
Concentrated City services coming to Brewery District, Bond Hill (1/31/11)