Bond Hill & Roselawn – neighborhoods of focus
About 85 people interested in shaping the future of Bond Hill and Roselawn neighborhoods convened in early December to hear findings of work teams representing neighborhood redevelopment priorities. The progress reported is the culmination of a 12-month neighborhood engagement/learning process initiated by the Port Authority and partly funded by Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Hamilton County Landbank. Over the summer, residents and stakeholders conducted community conversations in their homes, backyards and at the Community Action Agency. Top priorities were defined and work teams organized around each – Business Districts; Employment; Community; Health & Wellness; Housing; Safety; and Youth and Education. Work teams met in September and October and on December 12 presented action steps from the dialog that will be used to realize a new vision for Bond Hill and Roselawn. Community Building Institute at Xavier University facilitated this process, with significant input from the Port Authority team, including Deborah Robb, a Bond Hill resident who chaired the Housing work team. Bond Hill & Roselawn are focus neighborhoods, where the Port Authority has deployed comprehensive place-based strategies and intentional investment that will make a long-term impact and improve quality of life for residents. The strategy includes restoring vibrant neighborhood retail and commerce with a focus on inclusivity and engagement of small, neighborhood-based enterprise.