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Over-the-Rhine's Renaissance Impacted By The Pandemic


Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine has undergone a major transformation in the last 20 years. Vacant buildings opened for new business and the neighborhood was booming with restaurants and bars popping up almost on a weekly basis. Then the pandemic hit.

The city is facing a $91.4 million projected budget deficit that will impact all of Cincinnati's 52 neighborhoods. In Over-the-Rhine, streets that were crowded with shoppers and restaurants spilling out with diners are now quiet. As Jenna Johnson writes for The Washington Post: "Hundreds are unemployed, businesses are completely closed or seeing a fraction of their usual traffic, and there’s widespread fear that the worst is still ahead."

Washington Post National Political Correspondent Jenna Johnson joins Cincinnati Edition to discuss her article"A Cincinnati neighborhood, beset by economic collapse and lifted by generosity."

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.