Hilltop’s stable neighborhoods also need support, Ohio State study says

Columbus Dispatch
by Mark Ferenchik

A report by Ohio State University researchers suggests that efforts to boost housing in Columbus’ Hilltop neighborhood should focus not just on the poorest and most blighted areas, but also on those closer to the tipping point.

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity’s “Housing in the Hilltop” report says money should be invested in relatively strong areas where it could help restore the private market.

“We realize we have limited resources and that every neighborhood is trying to do more with less,” said Jillian Olinger, a Kirwan Institute public-policy-and-planning analyst who helped prepare the study.

So perhaps work should be concentrated on more-stable neighborhoods and build from those strengths, she said.

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The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.