The American Planning Association (APA) has named Over-the-Rhine (OTR) in Cincinnati as one of five Great Neighborhoods on APA’s annual Great Places in America list, which marks the kick-off of the organization’s National Community Planning Month celebration.

Once one of the most economically challenged areas of Cincinnati, OTR now shines as one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. While still facing many of the same challenges endured by many historic urban communities across the country, OTR serves as a national model of neighborhood revitalization. Cincinnati’s detailed and hard-fought planning efforts have augmented the virtually unrivaled historic nature of Over-the-Rhine, and will undoubtedly help to preserve the neighborhood’s legacy.

“The resurgence of Over-the-Rhine would not be possible without the unwavering support of a variety of community stakeholders including the passionate residents and business owners who call the neighborhood home,” said City Manager Harry Black. “This designation is a testament to the dedicated individuals who’ve worked to make OTR a truly great neighborhood.”

APA’s Great Places in America program, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country. The Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets, and Great Public Spaces of 2017 are places that are unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity, and use of sustainable and innovative practices.

For more information about these neighborhoods, as well as APA’s Great Public Spaces and Streets for 2017 and previous years, visit

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