back in the day (like late 19th century) when Cincinnati wasn’t the behemoth it is today and OTR was considered to be the outskirts of town, Mount Auburn was the very first Cincinnati suburb. a lot of wealthy people moved there to take advantage of the hills and unobstructed views of downtown. Mount Auburn was eventually annexed by Cincinnati, but has always been somewhat affluent.
something interesting happened during the 50’s-60’s where the wealthy residents of the neighborhood started moving to the suburbs, and in turn people who wouldn’t have been able to live there before were now able to get into the neighborhood. the neighborhood began to heavily integrate, eventually becoming mostly black.
as was common during the mid to late 20th century, suburbs were heavily invested in while cities were basically left to rot. in turn, neighborhoods like Mount Auburn weren’t invested in by the city, and it fell into decline for a while. however with the recent resurgence of people moving back into cities and the revitalization of Cincinnati’s urban core, Mount Auburn is starting to get back to its roots. lots of the abandoned buildings that used to be occupied by affluent families are starting to get fixed up. empty lots that used to hold homes are starting to get replaced with condos starting at $600,000. it’ll be interesting to see how things in Mount Auburn will play out