Living in Lower Price Hill
Lower Price Hill is the oldest of the Western Cincinnati neighborhoods and was once one of the most active centers of industrial activity. Now it is one of the smallest of the 52 City-recognized neighborhoods, but it is up and coming!
It is only three minutes’ ride to the city center, and the neighborhood is served by no fewer than five bus lines, allowing people to easily move east, west, and north. It is also the largest historic district in Cincinnati. Its rare trove of 19th- and early 20th-century buildings from Eighth Street to River Road has been declared “Historical” with the privileges deriving from this designation.
Lower Price Hill is the home of the largest public health clinic, which serves seven neighborhoods. It is the home of Kroger’s oldest and largest food processing plant, operating 24/7 for 360 days of the year.
Lower Price Hill has often been the object of newscasts and articles also due to the unique Oyler School building. This Hannaford-designed building was recently renovated with unusual attention to its historical details, at the cost of over $23 million. It serves over 600 kids, both from Lower Price Hill and the West End neighborhood, K-12. Oyler is also home to an experimental vision of education as a total process, including medical and psychological treatment, and clinics for dentistry and eye care. The experiment is being followed by the national media.
Lower Price Hill has an abundance of useable buildings. 14 acres of clean surface, called MetroWest, are available for offices, warehousing, or light industry. Recently, a few people have seen the advantages of the area and opened activities in Lower Price Hill. Among them: a photograph/publicity processing office at 1940 River Road; an aquaponics business on State Avenue; a series of artists’ studios on West Eighth; and a barbershop at the base of Glenway Ave.
Housing also has great potential here. Solid, sturdy buildings are ripe for single family homes and for condos. Of particular interest are the blocks that connect Eighth Street to River Road – the Lower Price Hill Historic District. The area is ideal for homes and businesses that would cater to the thousands of people who travel Eighth or River Road or work in the area. Easy access to both highways and to the Kentucky/Ohio bridges draws much interest in Lower Price Hill.
Lower Price Hill has the potential of renewed activity. The rebuilding of the Waldvogel Viaduct has made available many acres of green space. An urban orchard has already been started. Above all, 14 acres of green space have been set aside south of River Road to be the home of the future Price Landing Park. Plans are being drawn that will guarantee the lively interest of all Cincinnati residents.
History and future plans make Lower Price Hill a desirable place to live and invest. Its peaceful, integrated population of German and Appalachian heritage, and its newly arrived African-American and Hispanic neighbors are proud of their present and welcome new developments.