Before and After Photos Show How Greater Cincinnati Has Changed in 15 Years

Over the last 15 years, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have experienced amazing revitalizations in many of their neighborhoods. Crumbling, vacant buildings in Over-the-Rhine have been replaced by bustling bars and restaurants; the beautiful Smale Riverfront Park was created in the empty spaces near the Ohio River; colorful murals dot the buildings throughout downtown and many places — from East Price Hill's Incline District to Newport on the Levee and Fountain Square have gotten makeovers. And structures we could have never imagined a decade-and-a-half ago, like FC Cincinnati's TQL Stadium, are now additional jewels in the Queen City's crown.

Cincinnati's changes didn’t happen overnight, but when you look at these Google Street View photos from 2007 and 2022 side by side, it’s amazing to see just how much the city's landscape has changed in 15 years.

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Then—Sept. 2007
Music Hall facing Elm Street
1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
2022 Google Maps

Then—Sept. 2007


Music Hall facing Elm Street
1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
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Now—July 2022
Music Hall facing Elm Street
1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
2022 Google Maps

Now—July 2022


Music Hall facing Elm Street
1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
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Then—Sept. 2007
Washington Park facing Race Street
1301 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
2022 Google Maps

Then—Sept. 2007


Washington Park facing Race Street
1301 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
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Now—July 2022
Washington Park facing Race Street
1301 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
2022 Google Maps

Now—July 2022


Washington Park facing Race Street
1301 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
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Then—Sept. 2007
Findlay Market
1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
2022 Google Maps

Then—Sept. 2007


Findlay Market
1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
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Now—July 2022
Findlay Market
1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
2022 Google Maps

Now—July 2022


Findlay Market
1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
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Then—Oct. 2007
Fountain Square
520 Vine St., Downtown
2022 Google Maps

Then—Oct. 2007


Fountain Square
520 Vine St., Downtown
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Now—Sept. 2022
Fountain Square
520 Vine St., Downtown
2022 Google Maps

Now—Sept. 2022


Fountain Square
520 Vine St., Downtown
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Then—Oct. 2007
Marian Spencer Way facing Great American Ball Park
Marian Spencer Way, The Banks
2022 Google Maps

Then—Oct. 2007


Marian Spencer Way facing Great American Ball Park
Marian Spencer Way, The Banks
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Now—July 2022
Marian Spencer Way facing Great American Ball Park
Marian Spencer Way, The Banks
2022 Google Maps

Now—July 2022


Marian Spencer Way facing Great American Ball Park
Marian Spencer Way, The Banks
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Then—Sept. 2007
E. 12th Street near Nation Kitchen & Bar
1200 Broadway St., Pendleton
2022 Google Maps

Then—Sept. 2007


E. 12th Street near Nation Kitchen & Bar
1200 Broadway St., Pendleton
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Now—July 2022
E. 12th Street near Nation Kitchen & Bar
1200 Broadway St., Pendleton
2022 Google Maps

Now—July 2022


E. 12th Street near Nation Kitchen & Bar
1200 Broadway St., Pendleton
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Then—Sept. 2007
Smale Riverfront Park
166 W. Mehring Way, The Banks
2022 Google Maps

Then—Sept. 2007


Smale Riverfront Park
166 W. Mehring Way, The Banks
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Now—July 2022
Smale Riverfront Park
166 W. Mehring Way, The Banks
2022 Google Maps

Now—July 2022


Smale Riverfront Park
166 W. Mehring Way, The Banks
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Then—July 2007
Ohio River Scenic Byway near John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
Ohio River Scenic Byway, The Banks
2022 Google Maps

Then—July 2007


Ohio River Scenic Byway near John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
Ohio River Scenic Byway, The Banks
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Now—Nov. 2022
Ohio River Scenic Byway near John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
Ohio River Scenic Byway, The Banks
2022 Google Maps

Now—Nov. 2022


Ohio River Scenic Byway near John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
Ohio River Scenic Byway, The Banks
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Then—Aug. 2009
Site of the future Cincinnati Toy Heritage mural
23 W. Court St., Downtown
2022 Google Maps

Then—Aug. 2009


Site of the future Cincinnati Toy Heritage mural
23 W. Court St., Downtown
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Now—July 2022
The Cincinnati Toy Heritage mural
23 W. Court St., Downtown
2022 Google Maps

Now—July 2022


The Cincinnati Toy Heritage mural
23 W. Court St., Downtown
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Then—Oct. 2007
Intersection of Fifth and Elm streets near the former Millennium Hotel
512 Elm St., Downtown
2022 Google Maps

Then—Oct. 2007


Intersection of Fifth and Elm streets near the former Millennium Hotel
512 Elm St., Downtown
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Now—July 2022
Intersection of Fifth and Elm streets near the former Millennium Hotel
512 Elm St., Downtown
2022 Google Maps

Now—July 2022


Intersection of Fifth and Elm streets near the former Millennium Hotel
512 Elm St., Downtown
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