Existing neighborhood systems provide valuable assets in addressing vacant lots. These systems can not only provide a framework for the type of vacant lot revitalizations, but also provide monetary and maintenance support that can ensure long-term support for proposed solutions. This section suggests how neighborhoods can identify these assets to inform designs and create partnerships that can help implement larger scale plans for maximum community benefit.
The Price Hill area has a rich history dating back to the street car era. It was the first of Cincinnati’s seven hills to be developed and receive an incline. Price Hill acted as an escape from city life and offered fresh air, scenic views, and a number of parks. The area of the Price Hill neighborhoods has the most concentrated and dense population in the city as well as the largest number of parks and open spaces.
In particular, the neighborhood of East Price Hill boasts the longest central business district (CBD) in Cincinnati, spanning several miles and extending into West Price Hill. Among the storefronts located on Warsaw Avenue through the CBD are century old businesses whose ownership spans generations. The top ten businesses are over 100 years old and the next thirty range from 40-60 years old. This statistic alone shows the commitment this community has to their neighborhood, and it can be a driving force for how East Price Hill moves into the future.
East Price Hill: Now and in the Future
- The neighborhood is also targeted by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for funding and a has a large amount of land in the Cincinnati Land Bank.
- East Price Hill was the first neighborhood to have designated a Community Entertainment District promoting entertainment business by allowing more liquor licenses and reducing start-up costs. This designation will incentivize new businesses and residential developments as well as promote a walkable atmosphere that is closer to how the neighborhood functioned in the past.
- In addition, a large capital project in St. Lawrence corner is underway to transform the square and surrounding streetscapes along the entertainment district.
- Nearby, the recently completed Elberon Apartments transformed what had become a blighted building into a historic landmark that stands as an anchor for future development.
These changes are just a few examples of how East Price Hill is becoming a center for rehabilitation, revitalization, and community pride.