Work in Progress


Center For Closing The Health Gap
During Fall 2016, CDC worked with Center for Closing the Health Gap by providing them the Map for The Do Right! Campaign. The effort encourages healthy living through nutrition and physical activity which includes almost 20,000 participants to date from Mt. Auburn neighborhood.
Mental Map for Cincinnati
The CDC worked with Archie’s Press to develop a diagram representing a “Mental Map” of Greater Cincinnati. This diagram reduces and abstracts geography to represent how many residents may understand our urbanized region. See City Diagrams

Graphical Visualization of Developments in Cincinnati
In Fall 2016, CDC started creating a graphical visualization of developments from 1990 within Cincinnati Neighborhoods. This map explains the growth of the city and the extent of civilization in City of Cincinnati.
An Examination Food Access in Hamilton County, OH
During Fall of 2016 graduate Planner Alican Yildiz and Public Health Intern Ardag Hajinazarian are leading this research effort with the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy members Robin Henderson, City Environment and Sustainability Officer, Stacey Todd, Hamilton County Planner. The research focused on the examination of food access according to three main determinants, availability, accessibility and utilization, of food system outcomes in urban environments,. Spatial-statistical analyses of access to a variety of outlets and food-at-home expenditures are used to learn the outcomes food access disparities in Hamilton County over the health of County Residents.
Conceptual Visual Model for the Greater Cincinnati Food System
A funded collaboration with the Greater Cincinnati Food Policy Council of Green Umbrella is supporting early efforts to conduct a comprehensive food system assessment for the region. Summer and Fall 2016 work is aimed at developing a conceptual model for the dynamics of a food system and creating visual representation designed to communicate the relationships among existing external drivers and components. This model is being tested against actual conditions in four cincinnati neighborhoods for further refinement. A “systems` thinking” approach was adopted that accommodated multiple visual models and diverse segments of the system- such as Food Availability, Food Accessibility and Food Utilization. Through iterative visual-descriptive outputs, the model is being adjusted to include new indicators and configurations according to our evolving understanding about the state of the food environment in Cincinnati.
Over-the-Rhine St Mary's Square Charrette

On June 12th, Niehoff Studio worked with residents, merchants, and designers under a tent at Second Sunday on Main in OTR, for a hands-on workshop to illustrate potential improvement to the "front door" for Old St Mary's that reflects changing culture of the neighborhood.

Our Partners: Main Street Merchants, Over-the-Rhine Foundation, City DOTE, and AIA Cincinnati

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Healthy Corner Stores - Cincinnati
This partnership between CDC and the Center for Closing the Health Gap, a non-profit based in Avondale. The CDC is providing technical services to help meet the goals of bolstering the capacity of existing corner stores to provide more healthy food, spicificly fresh produce. Parellel to the architectural updates to the corner stores, the program also promotes the advantages of healthy eating to neighborhood residents. The program plans to include more than a dozen stores over a three year period with capital financing provided by the City of Cincinnati Fresh Food Financing Initiative.
Rothenberg Academy in OTR Rooftop Teaching Garden
The rooftop teaching garden combines two ongoing interests of the CDC, the OTR neighborhood and food based community development. Stemming from the vision of Pope Colman, boardmember of the the Over-the-Rhine (OTR) Foundation, the Community Design Center (CDC) collaborated with Pope and the OTR Foundation to make the rooftop teaching garden vision into a reality.The CDC provided technical services and renderings to make this project a reality and the project was constructed in the summer of 2013.