Ideas presented for old Price Hill Incline

Posted at 10:35 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-26 23:31:21-05

CINCINNATI -- The sky's the limit for Price Hill. Plans to reinvent the old incline site range from simple lights to gondolas gliding up the hill, even a return to 19th-century technology.

All could be key to unlocking development on the West Side.

Did you know the support pillars for the incline are still on the hillside? That's just a jumping-off point for ideas presented Tuesday night ranging from relatively simple to cheap and revolutionary.

Before cars ruled the road, the incline connected Price Hill to Downtown. It stopped climbing in 1943.

Only in the past few years has East Price Hill seen a resurgence.

It took 27 years, but Joan Lenkerd of Primavista feels a shift. Her restaurant sits where the incline would have peaked.

"If we had something like that here to attract people, it would be awesome," she said.

Inside another sign of development, the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, plans for the incline site range from modest to majestic -- from lights on the original pillars to a park or a return of the incline, all the way to a system of gondolas.

All ideas come down to money. Businesses in Price Hill hope something comes sooner rather than later.

"Hopefully we can get it done in the next decade or so," Lenkerd said.

Neighborhood nonprofit Price Hill Will is taking comments from Tuesday night and looking at what's feasible. But there's no timeline for any work.