Among other changes coming to Ohio's third-largest city is a new $400 million downtown casino set to open in the spring and a streetcar slated to open in the summer of 2015 connecting the riverfront, downtown and Over-the-Rhine.
Still to come at The Banks are more apartments, a hotel, shops and an office tower. The city also recently began accepting design concepts to overhaul a somewhat-jarring area in between the riverfront and downtown known as "the decks," which are four bridges over a busy street.
The city wants to connect the gaps between the bridges to build a clean slate for a brand-new project that could mean more green space, more shops or more living spaces, or a combination of all those things, depending on the ideas that come in.
Rachel Freytag, a 25-year-old in marketing who was born and raised in northern Kentucky just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, said she hardly ever visited downtown until the last year or so.
"I used to be a little afraid of downtown, especially Over-the-Rhine," said Freytag, whose home in Covington has a view of Cincinnati's skyline. "Now there's much more development. People are flocking to the area."
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