South Fairmount is another neighborhood along the Mill Creek that has been in decline and ignored for a really long time. crazily enough, it’s currently going through a massive revitalization the likes of which have not been seen in this city before, and it’s all thanks to…raw sewage.
let me explain. for a long time, South Fairmount has been a pass-through neighborhood. the Western Hills Viaduct is the gateway to Cincinnati’s west side and it feeds into Queen City Avenue, a wide, ugly street that garners tons of traffic and divides South Fairmount in half. lots of west siders from places like Westwood and suburbs like Bridgetown and Cheviot use Queen City Avenue and the viaduct to get to the east side of Cincinnati.
Cincinnati also has a big sewage problem. currently with Cincinnati’s sewage system, storm water and sewage flow in the same pipes. this means when it rains hard, the sewage pipes in South Fairmount tend to overflow raw sewage into the Mill Creek and the Ohio River. to address this long standing issue, Cincinnati is spending $3 billion to overhaul its sewage system. since the sewage pipes in South Fairmount are a part of the sewage problem, the neighborhood is involved in the overhaul
in South Fairmount, in order to address the raw sewage issue the city is currently building a 1.5-mile-long park with an urban waterway along Queen City Avenue to carry rainwater. it will be called the Lick Run Greenway and the plans for it are absolutely beautiful. to make this happen the city demolished almost all of South Fairmount’s blighted business district, which is why there are so many construction barrels along Queen City Avenue right now. this long blighted and empty area in the middle of the neighborhood will soon be a really cool greenspace where people from all corners of the west side and even the city can come to hang out and enjoy South Fairmount. not every Cincinnati neighborhood will be as lucky as South Fairmount, but it’s exciting to see new life being breathed into this long forgotten neighborhood.