Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Faces of Over-the-Rhine

Steve Gebhardt

        It has been seven years since Steve Gebhardt moved from Walnut Hills to 14th Street near Music Hall, so he could live and work in one building at an affordable price. ‘‘Not many people will tolerate living in an alley. I will,’’ he jokes.

        On a blustery spring day, he savors a lunch of pasta and clam sauce at Nicola’s on Sycamore Street, where FreeStore/FoodBank chief Steve Gibbs stops by to say hello. The filmmaker is craving comfort food after a stint of virtuous eating while filming New Age health practitioners in New Orleans.

        An independent filmmaker and teacher at the University of Cincinnati, Mr. Gebhardt, 65, depends on arts grants to support his work. He is aware of the deep divide between haves and have-nots in his neighborhood.

        ‘‘This is not a mixed neighborhood. This is the people with money and the people who have no money,’’ he says.

        Since last year, he says, ‘‘I think there’s less sense of community than before.’’

        Now, when traveling in the neighborhood, ‘‘I’m suspicious,’’ he says. ‘‘You should be able to walk in the streets in the daytime at least. . . . The people who you see are the drunks and the stoners who are out there.’’

        Residents of all races suffer, he says.

        ‘‘Guys boosting things. Guys selling drugs. That’s not a racial issue at all.’’

— Margaret McGurk

Faces of Over-the-Rhine
Restaurant owner Paul Sebring
Taft senior Darrel Shields
Social worker Angela Coleman
Sarah Center director Sister Jeanette Buehler
Jordanian grocer Taraq T.A. Adwani
- Filmmaker Steve Gebhardt
Gallery owner Suzanna Terril
Beauty shop supplier Chong Kim
Teacher's aide Kemberley Alexander
Waitress Karla Davis
Teacher Sharon Brooks
Dock worker Leo Sneed
Police officer Michael Ammann
Soup kitchen manager Denise McPherson
Artist Joseph M. Winterhalter
Janitor Latrell Walker
Fund-raiser Torren "T.J." Partridge
School social worker Joe Wilmers
Rehabber Greg Badger
Medical student John Eckman
Treatment counselor Calvin W. Wooten
Photographer Jimmy Heath

The Police
Violence up, arrests down
- Changes made since April 2001
Q&A with Police Chief Streicher
Q&A with former F.O.P. president Keith Fangman

Neighbor to Neighbor
Community meetings produce results
Going beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
What's happening in 145 communities
A sampling of communities:
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Related Links
Neighbor to Neighbor home page
Matters of Race: Bridging the divide in Greater Cincinnati
On the Same Page Cincinnati
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Cincinnati 2001: Year of unrest
Unrest in the city: Archive of riot coverage
Unrest photo timeline
Jim Borgman on race

One Year Later
What were they thinking?
Too early to assess impact
Micheal Basnight's resolve
Violence part of life in OTR
CAN co-chair has no doubt
ACLU adds its Y-E-S to deal

Restaurant owner
Taft senior
Social worker
Sarah Center director
Jordanian grocer
Gallery owner
Beauty shop supplier
Teacher's aide
Dock worker
Police officer
Soup kitchen manager
School social worker
Medical student
Treatment counselor

Violence up, arrests down
Changes since April 2001
Q&A with Streicher
Q&A with Keith Fangman

Meetings produce results
Beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
In your community
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Neighbor to Neighbor
Matters of Race
On the Same Page
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Year of unrest
Riot news archive
Unrest photos
Jim Borgman on race