"We don't have this kind of
crap in North Carolina. We have it, but it don't be in the city like
this. It was a little scary," said Melvin Eskew, a witness to the
However, officials with the Cincinnati
Initiative to Reduce Violence say the numbers speak for themselves.
"In 2012, there actually
were 17 persons shot in Over-The-Rhine, compared to 12. That's as of May
21st," said S. Gregory Baker, CIRV's executive director.
Those numbers do not include
With so much revitalization going
on in one of Cincinnati's most historic neighborhoods, more people are coming
to enjoy the area.
"We come down to Findlay
Market fairly frequently," said Mike Sauer of North Bend.
He added, "But, this is our first
time in this section. We came up Vine Street and we hit this area
immediately. We could tell a lot's changed here. But then we're
looking for a place to park, and we kind of made a right, and got into some
parts where we probably didn't want to stop and park."
He says there are a few places he
still wouldn't walk after dark. His wife says things are still
questionable, even though there are improvements going on.
"When you get away from this
section right here and get up a little further, and a little further to the
right, it's a little scarier, a little more rundown. But, they are doing
some renovations, it looks like," said Teresa Sauer.
But CIRV is trying to change
Based on last year's violence
stats, they targeted OTR as one of five neighborhoods to work on right
now. To cut the violence, they're turning to a three-part plan.
"There is an effort involved
to address the shootings and violence that's occurred in Cincinnati. It's
a partnership. It's a partnership among law enforcement, service
providers, and community members," added Baker.
As part of that plan, Baker told
FOX19 they want community members to deliver their "moral voice message."
They want to let people know what is, and isn't, acceptable in their
Aside from OTR, the other four
neighborhoods targeted by CIRV right now are Avondale, East Price Hill, the
West End and Walnut Hills.
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