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C
incinnati was founded in 1788 as a river town that thrived on river traffic and commerce. Coined the “Queen City of the West,” Cincinnati was once one of the most densely populated urban areas in the world. Despite its dynamic origins, Cincinnati, just like many other cities across the United States, has seen a slow decline since the mid twentieth-century.

Starting in the 1960s, the new idea of community development gained popularity across the country. Community Development Corporations (CDCs) formed to rebuild the neighborhoods that were slowly being taken over by blight and to transform them back into the thriving centers of activity that once made Cincinnati and other urban areas so strong.

In 1968, shortly after the birth of CDCs, the first CDC formed in Cincinnati in the neighborhood of Mt. Auburn. Since then, CDCs have played their role in preserving Cincinnati by providing support to their specific neighborhoods and rebuilding the backbone of the Queen City. Today, some of the positive impacts of these CDCs can be seen through their neighborhood’s decrease in crime and foreclosures, and through the increase in property value.