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Enhancing Residential Mix and Cohesiveness Along the Corridor

The MLK-Madison corridor provides a linear organization for some of Cincinnati’s finest, most eclectic, and historically diverse residential communities. Despite their proven viability, there remain factors inhibiting the healthy growth and development needed to sustain these neighborhoods: a lack of neighborhood interconnectivity, an inadequate mix of housing options, and an unmet demand for housing, primarily produced by the growth of the university and area hospitals. Thus, she proposes an integrated approach aimed at enhancing the corridor through a design solution that looks at existing street networks, how these affect patterns and forms of residential development, and the related quality of life along the corridor.

This student's work proposes high-density residential development as instigated by her main source: the "Go Cincinnati" report. She selected six neighborhoods along the corridor based on proximity to green space, commercial/retail activity, the mass transit system, stability, and neighborhood identity. The chosen neighborhoods are East Campus, DeSales Corner, O’Bryonville, Norwood, Oakley, and Madisonville. She borrowed her ideas to approach these neighborhoods from Nikos Salingaros and his notions of "the fractal city," by taking advantage of two concepts: scaling and connectivity.

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