Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Faces of Over-the-Rhine

Dock worker
Leo Sneed

Leo Sneed, 53, is a dockworker at Davis Furniture downtown. Photo by Glenn Hartong
        Leo Sneed, 53, has spent more than 30 years working in Over-the-Rhine, the last 11 as manager of loading crews on the rear dock of the 100-year-old Davis Furniture.

        Born in Selma, Ala., the divorced father of two moved here in 1959. Now living in Corryville, daily trips to Over-the-Rhine keep him well aware of what’s going on.

        ‘‘Changes? Yeah, we’ve seen them,’’ he says, lounging on a gold and black sofa in Davis’ crowded showroom. ‘‘Thirty years ago, there were more people walking down the street, screaming and laughing and cussin’ and having fun.

        ‘‘Now, it’s quieter and there aren’t as many people. The businesses leave, you know, and so do the people.’’

        The procedure at Davis is one of the changes Mr. Sneed has seen since last April. Now when the store closes, employees walk to cars or bus stops together. No one walks alone.

        ‘‘We didn’t used to have all these gangs of teen-agers hanging out on the corner over on Vine Street.’’ A positive change Mr. Sned has seen is officers walking a beat.

        ‘‘It makes people feel safer, but even more important, the cops meet the people. They meet the kids and their parents and become friendly. The young people get to see that cops aren’t bad people.’’

        With all that has gone on in the neighborhood, Mr. Sneed stresses that he has never been frightened. You mind your own business, he says, you don’t mess with people, and you’ll be OK.

        ‘‘Just as long as you don’t mess with people.’’

— Jim Knippenberg

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