Kenyon Barr – Never Forget
Few Cincinnatians are aware of the old neighborhood of Kenyon Barr, name later changed to Queensgate. Once home to a few thousand residents, it’s now interstate 75, increasingly abandoned modernist commercial space, and a White Castle. The demolishing of the (almost) entire West End neighborhood as part of ‘Urban Renewal’ (a.k.a. urban removal) was what I’ve learned to be referred to as “architectural rape”. The population of the Basin, once the heart of the city was cut in have in the early 60s. So what’s left today? Some buildings to the south near the river including Longworth Hall and the formal Hudepohl Brewery (nice!) and a few more industrial to the southwest. And when I say a few I mean count your fingers. As we look for a new plan to route 75 through the west lets take into account how disruptive an interstate is on its surroundings and search for ways to minimize its impact. Just like we don’t build highways through Manhattan, so should be assumed of the Cincinnati Basin. Alternatives?
-Route 75 through 275 and west of the city in Indiana.
-Route as west as possible within the Basin, (west of Longworth Hall) maximizing livable residential area near the core
-Viaduct. (Search Tokyo highways)
-Remain where it is, but compress on/off ramps significantly and build wall barriers