My previous post about aggregate income densities as a means of measuring the potential for walkable urban business districts was quite popular, so I decided to replicate the maps (not the whole analysis) for Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) and Cincinnati (Hamilton County). Click on the map to link to a Google docs version. There you can click on “File” in the upper left and “Download Original” to get a PDF version with labels. The labels are in millions of dollars per square mile. This really isn’t too hard to do once you know what you’re doing, so if anyone has other county requests, I’ll consider it.
I have a couple of quick thoughts, but you can do your own analysis on these. Cleveland is more or less as I would expect. Ohio City, Lakewood, and Cleveland Heights are at the high end. Shaker Heights is also very high, and has some retail, but not much of a walkable urban main street (parts of Chagrin Blvd are close). I would suggest that Beachwood has successfully capitalized on Shaker’s potential, not to mention attracting drivers from farther east. Shaker Square (in Cleveland) has a high value though.
I really don’t know Cincinnati well enough to comment, but it looks like the Hyde Park area and downtown are the high end of the aggregate income density figures.