Neighborhood Revitalization

Greater Ohio Policy Center develops and advances policies and practices that help to revitalize neighborhoods in Ohio’s cities so that they attract people and thrive economically. In addition to working with local partners and state policymakers, GOPC utilizes quantitative and qualitative research and in-depth analysis to identify policies and practices that can accelerate neighborhood redevelopment.

Recent neighborhood revitalization projects GOPC has been working include:

Evaluating New Market Tools for Opportunity Neighborhoods

GOPC, in partnership with JP Morgan Chase Bank, is undertaking research and analysis to develop new financing mechanisms tailored for use in “opportunity” neighborhoods in cities throughout Ohio. These neighborhoods show some signs of stability and are not facing precipitous decline, but struggle to attract traditional financing. GOPC’s work is identifying the kinds of interventions and innovative financing mechanisms that can stabilize the housing market in these neighborhoods and help them flourish.

Documenting Cleveland’s Slavic Village Recovery Project

In the fall of 2014, GOPC conducted an independent analysis of an innovative model for neighborhood recovery being piloted in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, and published its preliminary conclusions in "Documenting the Slavic Village Recovery Project: An Early Analysis of a Model for Neighborhood Revitalization in Cleveland, Ohio." This report found promising results for the neighborhood’s block-by-block holistic approach to revitalization, which combines demolition and rehabilitation.

Assessing the Impact of Housing Investments in Columbus’ Weinland Park

GOPC evaluated the impact of a range of housing investments and programs in Weinland Park, a Columbus neighborhood situated between downtown Columbus and the Ohio State University campus, which has experienced years of disinvestment. GOPC investigated whether Weinland Park is achieving long-term health and stability in the March 2014 report “Achieving Healthy Neighborhoods: Evaluating the Impact of Housing Investments in Weinland Park.” The report finds that, as a result of investments and targeted interventions, Weinland Park is improving, however, the neighborhood has not yet reached a sustainable level of health, and coordinated programs and investments should continue to support long-term vibrancy. This analysis informed recommendations for ongoing investments in the neighborhood.