The City has reinstalled modern streetcar lines, with service expected to begin in a year. A non-profit development company, 3CDC, strategically invests in buying and revitalizing old buildings, now the sites of thriving businesses, apartments, and condominiums. Washington Park, once a home to the homeless, now attracts families with children from throughout the region.
My Dad took me on a tour of Over-the-Rhine over the Labor Day weekend. The transformation from conditions that existed during my childhood is amazing. When Graeter's Ice Cream, a Cincinnati institution, opens a location in Over-the-Rhine, something profound is occurring.
UPDATE 9/5/14: An entire block near Findlay Market is now slated for redevelopment. Link to: http://m.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2014/09/05/14-million-redevelopment-project-coming-near.html?ana=e_cinci_bn_newsalert&u=YhY%252FQfXAMCgNyFrEjw9v+w0e0d9800&t=1409940662&page=all&r=full
If Over-the-Rhine can revitalize, so, too, can Paramore in Orlando or any other inner city neighborhood stricken with disinvestment. Seeing is believing. Cincinnati's strategy warrants copying.