This thesis explores the factors that affect the ability of residents, specifically low-income blacks, to succeed in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine. Success is defined as the ability to secure an income, secure acceptable housing and care for a family (if applicable). The factors that were addressed included stigma, jobs, housing, parenting education, and non-profits/renewal. This study used an ethnographic approach and relied heavily on interviews and participant observation. Results showed that the difficulties of growing up in a neighborhood like Over-the-Rhine is an interplay of all of the factors studied. The most recognized of these factors by respondents was stigma. It also suggested that a mixed-income development pattern is most beneficial for both the lowincome and upper-class residents of Cincinnati. Future research is suggested focusing on a more complete analysis of factors that affect Over-the-Rhine's residents.


Gunn, Raymond


Sociology and Anthropology


Behavioral Economics | Community-Based Research | Urban Studies | Urban Studies and Planning

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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