Bond Hill is the perfect example of a community working with neighboring communities to achieve common goals.
for a long time, Bond Hill had a history of involved residents working to fight for the neighborhood and improve it, but community involvement died down around the 60’s. this all changed in 1965, when Bond Hill and Roselawn residents found out that the city wanted to build a new Cincinnati Reds stadium directly in the middle of Bond Hill. this event, along with growing unrest in the neighborhood due to demographic changes helped lead to the creation of two groups: the Bond Hill - Roselawn Community Council and the Bond Hill – Paddock Hills Housing Task Force. given the time period and that the Bond Hill - Roselawn Community Council was founded by three white residents, i thought its mission purpose was really progressive. here’s a part of it:
To dissuade homeowners from selling their property because minority groups are moving
into the neighborhood.
To provide a forum in which to air problems related to integration of the neighborhood, as
well as other problems which may arise, with the hope that reason, justice, and good will
To provide accurate and honest information concerning integrated neighborhoods, with the
view to dispelling myths that have arisen.
these community groups worked to fight blockbusting, encouraged residents to work through issues resulting from integration, and even pursued legal and political recourse against discriminatory real estate practices, all things that most people ignored or simply didn’t care about during this time period.
the interesting thing about Bond Hill is that it never won the battle against population loss and shifting demographics. like Kennedy Heights and North Avondale, all three of these neighborhoods were only able to slow the rate at which white residents moved away, and it really shows how perverse the institutional factors were in hurting cities and non-white residents. the first black student at the Bond Hill School was enrolled in 1964. 50 years later in 2010 the demographics of the neighborhood flipped so heavily that out of Bond Hill’s 6,837 residents, only 322 were white.