In its distinctive ambience, we may compare Over-the-Rhine to New Orleans’s French Quarter, New York’s Grennwich Village, Washington’s Georgetown, Philadelphia’s Society Hill,even to Boston’s Beacon Hill.Except for Over-the-Rhine, each of these districts now constitutes a focal point of its city, a source of its urban pride. They were all slums once. Society Hill, for example, long the most rundown area in Philadelphia, is now the most exclusive. If such comparisons risk blurring what is unique about the location, physiognomy, and history of each district, or no long hold true, at least they should remind us that in Over-the-Rhine lies Cincinnati’s chief claim to urban distinction. The neighborhood is unique in the Midwest. Today the whole area is on the National Register.
Cincinnati Observed: Architecture and History by John Clubbe
Ohio State University, 1992
“Over-the-Rhine I”; pg. 197