Cincinnati Riverfront

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 

Project Type 
Downtown and Waterfronts

Primary Client 
City of Cincinnati, Ohio

Roxanne Qualls
100 East Central Parkway
Suite 410
Cincinnati, OH

Urban Design Associates (UDA) was commissioned by the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to prepare a master plan for the waterfront. The primary program was a new mixed-use district anchored by two new sports stadiums. The objective was to generate maximum economic benefit for the downtown and to revitalize the central Ohio River riverfront. During a design charrette and a series of public forums, urban design principles were developed to guide future redevelopment and growth. The design creates a new riverfront park and includes the National Underground Railroad Museum, a mixed-use district (now under construction), a transit center, and a restructured downsized urban highway. The riverfront is restored as the “front door” of the city, once again a hub of activity and a place that connects people to the urban environment.