As a former resident of Cincinnati, this makes me happy and hopeful that the Queen City will revitalize – Addressing ‘missing middle’ housing in the Queen City:
Cincinnati’s urban neighborhoods are at a tipping point. The city has lost 40 percent of its population since 1950, leaving suburban densities in the city’s formerly urban neighborhoods. Many residential buildings and lots sit vacant or poorly maintained, with over 10,000 historically contributing units in need of renovation. Neighborhood main streets have withered due to lack of people, competition from nearby big box stores, and bad thoroughfare design that speeds cars and potential customers through these neighborhoods rather than to them. In addition, jobs followed the people to the suburbs.
Cincinnati is embarking on a form-based zoning code revision with a review draft this fall. Here are a bunch of documents pertaining to the ongoing study and a preview of the different draft zoning transepts.