(East Price Hill) -- For 90 days, City departments, community groups and volunteers worked to clean up East Price Hill. Neighborhood chair Patti Hogan says they've made a noticeable difference.
Hogan says the crime rate is down, blight is down, and there's tons of trash from illegal dump sites gone.
At the end of the 90 days, violent crime is down 33%, compared to the same period a year ago. Assistant Chief Dave Bailey says elsewhere in District 3, violent crime was down 22%. Police also got two bus stops closed on Warsaw, because they were the scene of recurring problems.
Blight is down 6.3%, according to Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. During three community coordinated cleanups, 441 volunteers filled ten Dumpsters with trash, and picked up more than 250 tires at two illegal dump sites. The volunteers painted 80 fire hydrants and 20 parking meters.
Property Maintanence Code Enforcement wrote 449 citations, of which, 37 have been resolved. Cincinnati Fire Department inspected 86 fire hydrants. City workers swept 18 lane miles of road, and painted stripes on more than 2,500 feet of streets.
The Recreation Department, along with volunteers from Deloitte , and the Reds Community Fund, made improvements to the play areas, basketball courts, and ballfields at Dempsey Park.
Mayor John Cranley calls the Neighborhood Enhancement Program a great example of a public private partnership.
It can be difficult to get volunteers, but Patti Hogan says it helps if people know the City is behind them. Hogan says even though the Blitz is over, organizations like Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, and the City's building inspectors are still working in the neighborhood to make improvements.