2009 MetLife Awards: Uptown Public Safety Initiative

Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Avondale — Cincinnati's fourth largest neighborhood — has long been an enigma. Home to such nationally-renown institutions as the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Avondale also consistently posted some of the City's highest crime rates. For more than two years, the Uptown Consortium has partnered with the neighborhood to revitalize its Burnet Avenue business corridor, once among the City's most vibrant. But bricks and mortar alone are not sufficient to "bring back Burnet"; safety issues needed to be addressed as well. Toward that end, ten local organizations — including the Avondale Community Council, Cincinnati Police Department, Uptown Consortium, Cease Fire Cincinnati, and others — have banded together to bring innovation and sheer will to bear on the problem. Central to their efforts has been the identification of crime "hot spots" through the use of crime mapping and analysis tools.
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