CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says parts of Cincinnati have become so dangerous he won't let members of his family go near. Deters said "the violent crime rate has tripled" since the Cincinnati riots of 2001, and contends voter disapproval of a sales tax increase for an expanded jail means the city can expect to become increasingly unsafe. He wonders if economic redevelopment plans can survive.
Deters, a Republican who does not have a Democratic opponent this election year, can expect another four-year term in the prosecutor's post. The former state treasurer wrote a column for the current issue of Cincinnati Gentlemen (subscription required) that was unstinting in its description of a crime-ridden Cincinnati and a sad economic fate.
"The result of more criminals on the street is more crime. the bulk of this crime will occur in the city of Cincinnati. Despite this obvious fact, many city leaders did little to support the jail levy. The payoff will be the continual decline of safety in the city."
"Why does northern Kentucky thrive while the city fights to maintain its population and businesses? Simple, people feel safe over there. When I left Cincinnati to become State Treasurer in 1999, the area around Main Street was thriving and fun and safe. Today, if my 19-year-old son informed me that he was heading to that area for the evening, I'd take his car keys.
"Wonderful development is coming to this city. Well-intentioned people are spending tons of money to revitalize its core. But, I contend it doesn't matter where you move the fountain. One punk with a gun can ruin everything."