“The existing housing situation in Uptown and expectation, Cincinnati OH”


  Waleed Alzamil *


The definition of affordable housing:

Affordable housing is “terms used to describe dwelling units whose total housing costs are deemed "affordable" to those that have a median income. Although the term is often applied to rental housing that is within the financial means of those in the lower income ranges of a geographical area, the concept is applicable to both renters and purchasers in all income ranges. This article focuses on the affordability of owner-occupied and private rental housing as social housing is a specialized tenure (from wikipedia)

Affordable housing standards:

In the United States of America and Canada, a commonly accepted guideline for housing affordability is a housing cost that does not exceed 30% of a household's gross income. Housing costs considered in this guideline generally include taxes and insurance for owners, and usually include utility costs. When the monthly carrying costs of a home exceed 30–35% of household income, then the housing is considered unaffordable for that household


1.      Historical dimension:

      The population within city limits was estimated to be 333,336 in 2008, making it the state's third largest city. According a 2008 Census Bureau estimate, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area had a population of 2,155,137 making it the largest MSA in Ohio, and the 24th most populous in the United States. Residents of Cincinnati are called Cincinnatians. Cincinnati consists of fifty-two neighborhoods such as Avondale, Clifton, Camp Washington, Spring Grove Village, and Westwood       Cincinnati was founded in 1788 by John Cleves Symmes and Colonel Robert Patterson. Surveyor John Filson (also the author of The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone) named it "Losantiville" from four terms, each of a different language, meaning "the city opposite the mouth of the Licking River." Ville is French for "city," anti is Greek for "opposite", as is Latin for "mouth", and "L" was all that was included of "Licking River". In 1790, Arthur St. Clair, the governor of the Northwest Territory, changed the name of the settlement to "Cincinnati" in honor of the Society of the Cincinnati, of which he was a member. The society honored General George Washington, who was considered a latter day Cincinnatus, the Roman farmer who was called to serve Rome as dictator, an office which he immediately resigned after completing his task of defeating the Aequians. To this day, Cincinnati in particular, and Ohio in general, is home to a statistically significant number of descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers who were granted lands in the state *





Median Household Income with average rent for each district



Add “Increasing Affordable Housing” as a new objective in all future master plans.
Stimulate the private sector to participate in supporting affordable housing projects through the granting of long term loans.
Reduce the prices of main construction materials such as wood block, and by supporting the production and reduction of loan.
Reduction of customs duties on building materials secondary.
Granting loans for construction of long-term middle-income and limited.
Real estate tax exemption for low-income residents to help them control over income and reduce the burdens.

*Data Sources: 


CAGIS datasets provided by University of Cincinnati’s Planning Department.

Michael Romanos, and other, UC/Community Interactions and Collaborations A Study of Peer Institutions,Main Report,November 2006.

U.S. Census data provided in course work for Final Assignment.

Pdf files from Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission website.

Google earth software

Google Image website:


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