Planning at the city and neighborhood levels is essential to creating and sustaining livable places. In the case of Cincinnati and its fifty-two unique neighborhoods, addressing vacant lots requires a comprehensive approach with diverse strategies. As part of this comprehensive approach, one must employ a methodology that considers the unique qualities of each neighborhood in order to understand the impact of vacant lots in each area and how best to address the challenge.
Understanding vacancy patterns, land use typologies, neighborhood narratives, and the relationship between vacant buildings and vacant lots, Cincinnati can approach its expanding vacant lot inventory less as a cancer, and more as an opportunity to re-occupy and revitalize its urban neighborhoods. This planning-level framework chapter provides a foundation for the site-specific design strategies presented later in this book.
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