A woman and bulldozer in an Over-the-Rhine alley

A neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio dating to the mid-19th century was the site of a modern-day battle between a woman and a machine. Through the mid-20th century in the United States, local citizens concerned about the destruction of their town’s historic sites often used the stare-down technique to block destruction crews from carrying out their work until city officials promised to preserve the site. Advances in historic preservation laws and regulations since then has made this tactic less necessary, but a dispute over historic bricks in an alley led one citizen to resurrect this preservation tactic.

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In OTR alley, confrontation over historic bricks

By Sharon Coolidge

Cincinnati.com

June 21, 2016

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