- OTR Ranked As Most Dangerous Neighborhood In US (WCPO)
- Over-the-Rhine Most Dangerous Neighborhood in U.S. (WKRC)
- Web site: OTR most dangerous (Cincinnati.com / Enquirer)
- Report: OTR Nation's Most Dangerous Neighborhood (WLWT)
All of these headlines are terrible. The area in question is a piece of OTR and the West End. It is bounded in the south by Liberty Street, goes a couple blocks west of Central Parkway and then bounded my W. McMicken in the north and Vine street in the east. I don't think there are a lot of residents in this area (feel free to comment on that). If I work back the statistics the 457 incidents working out to 266.94 per 1,000 yields 1,712 residents. One article I read (see below) pointed out that OTR is home to over 7,000 people. I would love to see an analysis of those crimes. The area seems to attract dealers and buyers from outside the area. How many of those crimes affected residents? How many were caused by the increased attention law enforcement gave to the area? Attention that made things better, but may have caused a spike in recorded incidents. But no, instead we have inflammatory headlines.
I don't blame the web site. It uses an automated data analysis. They have no idea what constitutes a neighborhood. I am just frustrated by the lack of depth in local reporting. Cincinnati.com and WLWT at least gave passing mention that it was just a part of OTR, but the headlines don't say that.
Thankfully there are quite a few local bloggers that ARE willing to look behind the numbers.
- Intellectually dishonest" report claims OTR is nation's most dangerous neighborhood (UrbanCincy)
- Is Cincinnati Home to the 'Most Dangerous Neighborhood' in America? I Beg to Differ... (Queen City Discovery)
- Over the Rhine is NOT what they said. (Queen City Survey)