The year 2009 was busy across the Cincinnati region, especially when the
economic slowdown is considered. And Newport's center city was no
different. New businesses, events, development, and neighborhood
revitalization efforts filled out 2009 marking a year of progress.
the progress can be seen by taking a walk along Monmouth Street from
Newport on the Levee through the heart of Newport where 11 new
businesses opened during the course of the year.
been a challenging year but attitudes are looking up and people are
still investing along Monmouth Street," said Bob Yoder, Newport's Main
Just down the street Newport's tallest tower
SouthShore, has risen 200-plus feet into the sky with luxury
condominiums overlooking the Ohio River, Covington, Cincinnati and the
surrounding rolling hills.
The historic river city saw more
progress in its historic preservation efforts as well with the approval
of the new Courthouse Square historic district that includes 22
buildings around the historic Campbell County Courthouse.
"As Newport continues to improve there are less buildings that need to
be rehabbed," said Yoder who detailed a handful of rehabilitation
projects currently underway.
The East Row
was able to install new double-faced signs throughout the neighborhood,
and four new bike racks were created and installed in City parks using
iron fencing materials salvaged from historic properties.
also set up Riverfront Commons
for a spring 2010 groundbreaking that will create a new pedestrian and
bicycle path along Riverboat Row thanks to a $727,000 federal grant.
one of the most visible changes is taking place as the Transit
Authority of Northern Kentucky replaces its existing Southbank Shuttle buses
with eight new vintage-looking trolley buses. The switchover will
allow the fleet to use the historic Roebling Suspension bridge with its
new weight restrictions, and provide a more heritage feel for the many
tourists and entertainment-goers that use the system to get to
riverfront entertainment options in Cincinnati.
"To compete against the big box retailers and commercial outlets,
downtown business districts must have businesses that people are
passionate about and choose to go to over a big box store," explained
Yoder. "The businesses downtown have held strong, the quietness of a
year ago is now gone and energy is really going up in the area."
Randy A. SimesPhotography by David De Bol
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