Cincinnati has a bunch of well established neighborhoods. This post isn't about them. Cincinnati also has a number of neighborhoods on the verge of being the next big thing. The next OTR, although they don't come right out and say it. They don't actually want to be the next OTR anyhow, more like fully realized versions of themselves. I'm talking Walnut Hills and Covington for example even if Covington is across the state line. Then there are neighborhoods that don't even register on the radar even though they're trying.
I don't want to beat up on anyone and there is a grass roots group of people working hard in East Price Hill, just like every where else. The problem with East Price Hill is the community is trying to copy other places that are developing dense walkable neighborhoods in complete contrast to the money the mayor of Cincinnati is pouring in to the Incline District making the neighborhood a more car centric place. The mayor thinks that light at the end of the tunnel is shinning a light these new car centric developments not realizing the light is a steaming locomotive bearing down on him with the harsh reality of where the world is heading. And that reality is people aren't driving any more. I know, people who've created a whole life centered around their cars are driving just as much.
But the people who want a sense of place over the status of a car are clustering into walkable places where they don't need a car. And guess where they spend that money not spent on a car? Of course they spend it somewhere within walking distance of where they live. A closed loop system that's feeds itself, the money stays hyper-local and draws more development.
Again, I'm not attacking East Price Hill, but the money our relentlessly ill-equipped "Accidental Tourist" of a mayor is directing towards developments is a stark example of how he blusters and bludgeons his way through everything.
He doesn't have a clue, he's never had a clue, and he's not about to get one anytime soon.
More power to you Price Hill, you need all the help you can get.
They tore a block of houses for the mayor's vision of a more drivable city, I wish I had had a wide angle lens with me so you could have seen the awesome new parking deck.