Yep, we have a ton of turn of the century and older homes in Cleveland in an areas known as Ohio City and Tremont. They are beautiful victorian homes with 9 ft ceilings and every little attention to detail has been paid. About 15 years ago they were not being kept up and alot of them rented out. The city took action as well as the banks and companies doing business in the city and called it Community Reinvestment. Grants were given to homeowner and restoration projects begain. No interest loans and huge breaks on supplies were also given. 15 years later, you have more homeowners living in the houses instead of renting them out. These homes start at $150,000 and up now. 15 years ago you could have purchased one of these when it was considered a fixer-upper for a song, and then have the city and their reinvestment corps. basically just about pay to fix it up. There's consistant rehabs in the neighborhood spanning futher outward from those areas. I live in Cleveland, just at the begginning of the neighborhood called Ohio City. I'm just now starting to see the effects in my neighborhood and coincidentally my property value. Change is very slow when it comes to reviving a neighborhood but it can be done. As long as the hearts are in the right place and people are willing to put in the sweat equity.