Price Hill was once reached by an incline that carried people up the steep slope to the city's west side. It's a unique part of the city, known for schools, like Elder and Seton, and for the generations of families who never leave. Now Price Hill is embracing it's history while moving forward. Local 12's Deborah Dixon tells us about the new and cool neighborhood.
From the windows of the Corner Bloc Coffee Shop here on Price Avenue, you can see the change. "We're here to celebrate the new entertainment district," said Laurie Quinlivan Councilwoman of Changing the Community.
Price Hill residents in on the Renaissance got help from City Hall when it declared 40 acres of Price Hill an entertainment district, reducing the start up costs for new restaurants. The Bayou Fish House Restaurant is taking Price Hill up on the offer. There is one in Newport now. "They want change in the community, want to bring it up, we're being a part of it," said Grant Gieseler of Bayou Fish Restaurant.
Eighteen months ago, a 100 year old building was occupied by squatters. Two Price Hillians bought it and now it's a luxury apartment building called The Flats. All five apartments were rented out in sixty days. The people of Price Hill seem to have an energy that makes things happen "They bring positive energy know what they want and do it as a team there is a great sense of community pride here for generations," said Matt Strauss of Price Hill.
There is some new creative energy here-including a new art gallery is inside The Flats. "A lot of active artists in the neighborhood it's affordable housing, they're coming here at making waves," said Strauss.
"I've only been here here 36 years." Bill Burwinkel says he's the new kid on the block, moving here when he got out of the army in the 70's. Now he's a property owner and committed to the Renaissance. "People love to reminisce about where they came from what it used to be. We're not trying to go back, we're working to move Price Hill forward."
It's much like the motto of the Corner Block Coffee Shop: Brewing Coffee, Brewing Community, Brewing Change.
Another restaurant is working out plans to open on Price Avenue across from the coffee house.