Today the county commissioners approved the Banks deal, clearing the way for the land between Cincinnati's stadia to be developed. Construction should start at the beginning of the new year, and in a couple of years the development will shift the center of downtown towards the river. Areas south of Fifth Street [basically Fountain Square] will become the places to be. This means that streetcars will definitely be a necessity to keep the downtown/Over-The-Rhine relationship prosperous. With all the current available housing near the downtown area, I hope they concentrate more on commercial interests. Regardless, long-time complainers will now get their Newport on the Levee on the Ohio side of the river, just like they always wanted. And the Levee will be completely abandoned in five years, reversing the current flow of the Purple People Bridge.
So good news for Cincinnati means that it sucks to be Newport.