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OTR Named One Of 15 Great Places In America

Michael E. Keating
Oct. 4, 2017 declared "Over-the-Rhine 'Great Neighborhood' Day."

People who plan cities for a living have named Over-the-Rhine one of fifteen Great Places in America for 2017. 

American Planning Association President Cynthia Bowen was impressed with the public-private partnership, the community engagement, and the ability to reinvent the neighborhood while preserving its past. "We often look for places that show exemplary character, quality and planning so that we can initiate conversation about what it means to create a great neighborhood, a great street or a great public place."

In response, Mayor John Cranley declared Oct. 4, 2017 "Over-the-Rhine 'Great Neighborhood' Day."

OTR shares the 2017 honor with these other neighborhoods:

  • Seward-Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Heart of Missoula-Missoula, Montana
  • Uptown Greenwood-Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Pearl-San Antonio, Texas

The American Planning Association also named "Great Streets" and "Great Public Places."

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.