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Cincinnati's 'Over-The-Rhine' Makes Most Endangered List

An intact 19th century neighborhood has been placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list of the nation's Top 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

The area, which encompasses 1,200 structures, has been home to successive waves of immigrants. In the last quarter century, Over-the-Rhine has fallen on hard times; 500 of its buildings are abandoned and more of these are in danger of demolition.

"Over-the-Rhine is home to one of the country's largest collections of 19th century Italianate, Federalist, Greek Revival and Queen Anne-style buildings. Beginning in 1830, the area began filling with German immigrants.

Fifty years later, the 352-acre area became one of the most German neighborhoods in the nation. It was a thriving place, with packed churches, beer gardens and building and loan associations.

Now plywood covers many old relics. Many windows that aren't covered are shattered. For-sale signs dot the landscape along with litter and a people broken by drug and alcohol abuse who sit along small concrete stoops."

Thanks to CollegeTownLife.com

Full Story: Reviving Over-the-Rhine

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