Price Hill Will … Benefit From Rail in Cincinnati

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Guest article by Price Hill Resident, Charles Schaser:


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.”


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 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.


As seen on the 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.”


4 thoughts on “Price Hill Will … Benefit From Rail in Cincinnati

    John said:
    October 8, 2009 at 8:31 am

    The romanticism of the street car is wonderful and comforting, and being a resident of the Incline District in East Price Hill I see this a great change should it be economically viable.

    But that’s the problem…all this talk about a street car when the bus system can’t keep a decent number of buses on the road and be profitable (or at the very least break even). If private companies and investors want to take on such a project–more power to them. This is a frivolous waste of city tax payer money and that’s exactly why all the news of the street car project clings to the romanticism of the street car (oh how cool these photoshopped images look) and not the heart of the issue: money.

    That said…where’s the break down of the expenses to the public and private parties involved?

    UCstudent said:
    October 8, 2009 at 10:28 am

    John, I’m not sure what building a streetcar and bus ridership have to do with one another. Streetcar supporters are not clinging to a romanticized view of the streetcar. Rather, they are clinging to cold hard evidence of what a streetcar will bring. I think you may be the one clinging to a romanticized ideology that contends that anything of value is viable in the private sector. This isn’t true and never has been. Should we discontinue building highways unless private money builds them? Breaking down the expenses to public and private only serves to perpetuate a flawed & extremely simplistic understanding of economics.

    John said:
    October 10, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    UCstudent, for sake of discussion I’ll put my libertarian idealistic view aside.

    First, someone has the numbers that break down the street car costs for me and my neighbors in property or some other form of tax. However, we still don’t see the cost outlined. People can go on and on talking about street car this and street car that, but if my property tax increases by $x/year it should provide $x in value for us tax payers (also taking into consideration the ticket prices). I highly doubt there is an upside.

    Second, how does bus ridership and a street car not go hand in hand? If a bus route which you can change simply by steering the bus to another street isn’t making money on public transportation then there’s obviously a problem. Solving that problem doesn’t mean throwing another $200M at something more restrictive to change, more expensive to plan and a tremendous undertaking to install. The street car will be on a limited track therefore reducing the possible customers even further. What will be so different that people not riding the bus will all of a sudden want to ride a street car? Sure many people will ride it once to get the feel for it (the romanticized version all the Photoshopped images portray), but it will end up like the current metro bus.

    Nicolas Perkins said:
    September 17, 2010 at 12:23 am

    About half the money comes from federal grants. We need to invest in transportation infrastructure. Dear god can’t you see that car culture is not sustainable?

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