NEP targets 23rd and 24th neighborhoods in 2017

This year, the Neighborhood Enhancement Program will touch down in three Cincinnati neighborhoods — East Westwood, Westwood and the West End. The program is a 90-day blitz that brings together city departments, residents, community organizations and corporate partners to affect long-term change in a neighborhood.
The NEP focuses on developing neighborhood assets like building code enforcement, street clean up and landscape and streetscape beautification. It also works with property owners to help them adopt sustainable practices.
East Westwood/Westwood was the first neighborhood to participate in the place-based investigations of violent offenders program, which focused on the McHenry corridor between Harrison and Baltimore avenues. As a result of PIVOT, there have been fewer shootings and a reduction in violent crime and weapons-related calls. The NEP will be part of the post-PIVOT Sustainability Plan, and will focus on the same area as PIVOT.
The City of Cincinnati hopes that the NEP will continue to reduce blight and address crime, while also promoting a more positive image of Westwood.
The NEP will be in East Westwood and Westwood March-May, and in the West End August-November.
This round of the NEP brings in new partners, including the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati and LISC.
Since its inception in 2007, 22 neighborhoods have participated in the NEP: Avondale, Bond Hill, Carthage, College Hill, Corryville, CUF, East Price Hill, Evanston, Kennedy Heights, Lower Price Hill, Madisonville, Mt. Airy, Mt. Auburn, Mt. Washington, Northside, Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton, Price Hill, Roselawn, Walnut Hills and Westwood.
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Caitlin Koenig is a Cincinnati transplant and 2012 grad of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. She's the department editor for Soapbox Media and currently lives in Northside with her husband, Andrew, and their three furry children. Follow Caitlin on Twitter at @caite_13.