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It's a case of organized gentrification. Upscale pubs replace discount stores, and the place becomes safe at night. A more organic gentrification is going on right now in NYC in Hell's Kitchen. As in NYC's East Village, the pioneers are the young looking for affordable living quarters.
More bluntly this is the concerted plan by Democrats to displace Blacks from their traditional neighborhoods and move them to suburban communities.
But really it is just Kelo in practice. The city feels they'll get more tax dollars from young Progressives living in the property and use de facto imminent domain to move out the disfavored population and businesses.
Just spent last weekend there (JUL 16, 17) and stayed at the Hampton on Vine St.. Had a blast, did a pub crawl through OTR with a local, caught the Brewers v Reds on Sunday. Things are definitely looking up there.
Oh, and JK Brown, OTR is not a traditional "Black" neighborhood- it's just where they settled when it went into decline 40-50 years ago. And it's 'eminent domain', champ.
Both the comment and first reply demonstrate that you can't eliminate slums, you can only make sensible improvements or relocate them. For some reason, public do-gooders seem to prefer the more disruptive relocation.