Re: Questions about cincy
1) Cincinnati lies within Hamilton County. That maybe the primary reason for the dysfunction in local government. For example Westwood is still City ie city schools, services and taxes.
2) Over the Rhine and Clifton would probably be my choices for urban architecture. You also may want to check out Hyde Park and Mt Lookout for a whole hodgepodge of homes. If you want to venture into Price Hill, the nicer parts of Price Hill (if there is one) has some great homes. Problem is the vast majority of that area has been run down and dilapidated.