The apartment building at 2329 Harrison Ave. seemed an obvious choice this year when Cincinnati’s public housing authority drew up a list of properties in need of a makeover.
The place looked every bit of its 40 years, with worn carpets, dingy windows, rusted air conditioners and a front yard that more closely resembled a rock garden than a lawn.
“We just wanted to improve the property,” said Kelly Kramer, spokeswoman for the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority. “There was nothing out of the ordinary about it.”
But nothing is simple these days when it comes to public housing in Hamilton County.
The plan to renovate the Westwood building is now dead, a victim of the high emotions and hard feelings that increasingly influence even the most routine decisions related to subsidized housing for the poor in Hamilton County.