1. 747 West Court Street
2. Formerly 700 Barr Street, today Fox 19 studio
3. Aerial photograph of Cincinnati’s West End before demolition
4. The area today
These photos were taken in Cincinnati’s West End and combined with archival photographs of buildings that once occupied the approximate locations taken by the city just before demolition. Beginning in 1959, urban renewal programs and the construction of I-75 demolished as many as 1,000 structures and displaced between 20,000 to 30,000 residents from the historically black neighborhood, then called Kenyon-Barr. Today, fewer than 6,500 people live there, and much of the area is filled with highway ramps, vacant fields and nearly-empty industrial parks.