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This is WVXU's special series from April 2021 looking back at the civil unrest of 2001 on the 20th anniversary of the police killing of Timothy Thomas, a young Black man, that led to remarkable change in the city of Cincinnati.

20 Years After Unrest, Some In Cincinnati Still See Economic Divides

over the rhine
Nick Swartsell
A redeveloped section of Over-the-Rhine.

The unrest that tore through Over-the-Rhine in 2001 was, on the surface, about the death of Timothy Thomas and other Black men at the hands of police. But its roots went much deeper, some activists say, involving economic frustrations among Cincinnati's Black residents that continue to this day.

While the city has made some efforts to bridge a yawning wealth and income gap between its white and non-white residents, some question whether economic development that occurred after 2001 in places like Over-the-Rhine has helped or hurt the Black communities in those neighborhoods.

Joining Cincinnati Edition are Cincinnati Mayor John CranleyNew Prospect Baptist Church's Rev. Damon Lynch III; Over-the-Rhine Community HousingExecutive Director Mary Burke-Rivers; 50-year Over-the-Rhine resident Georgia Keith; and University of Cincinnati Department of Sociology Associate Professor Derrick Brooms, PhD.

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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.