Guest article by Price Hill Resident, Charles Schaser:
PRICE HILL’S PAST
According to the Price Hill Merchants’ website, “if you walk down the street in our neighborhood, the first thing you see is the front porch. Some subdivision developers mandated that each new home have a front porch and that the homes be built close together to prohibit off street parking, to limit cars in the area. Our early developers were seeking to retain pedestrian, relaxed lifestyle of the suburb.”
PRICE HILL’S PRESENT
In April 2009, the City of Cincinnati proclaimed Price Hill as the “Greenest Neighborhood in Cincinnati.” Partner the eco-friendly attitude with the tremendous amount of economic development happening on top the hill that includes panoramic views of downtown and the Ohio river. With as much developable space and potential reuse of existing architecture as there is in Cincinnati, Price Hill has potential to participate in the economic growth that rail transportation could bring to our city.
PRICE HILL’S FUTURE
Price Hill has a fully staffed economic development organization, Price Hill Will. With economic development initiatives such as the Cedar Grove Business District and the development of St. Lawrence Corner, home to the new Kroger store (yes there are new grocery stores in Cincinnati), Price Hill Will is firmly staked to revitalize a core neighborhood of Cincinnati. But Price Hill Will has its most anticipated project in the Incline Business District which will boast medical office building, upscale residential living, and a beer garden.
UNION TERMINAL AND THE STREETCAR
As seen on the Cincystreetcar.com route map, in the first extension phase, the Cincinnati streetcar extends to Union Terminal, 2 miles from the foot of Price Hill . Union Terminal could once again serve as rail transportation hub to statewide travelers. Once these possibilities become reality, Price Hill stands 2 miles from rail transportation to take them throughout the city, the region, and the rest of Ohio. A streetcar extension to St. Lawrence Corner and the restoration of the Price Hill Incline would make Price Hill one of the City’s most desirable neighborhoods—a beautiful green walkable neighborhood only a short streetcar ride from Downtown. Combining the proximity to downtown and a re-activated Union Terminal with the efforts of Price Hill Will and the majestic views of Cincinnati, Price Hill stands uniquely positioned to flourish as “Cincinnati’s neighborhood of the future.”