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Around the Block: Price Hill Neighborhood, Cincinnati, Ohio

Annexed by Cincinnati in 1870, the Delhi and Storrs townships became a haven for the well-to-do of the city. Located on a hill to the west overlooking the city, it offered a chance for the wealthy to hide, in a sense, from the steamboat traffic and hogs and pollution and crowds.

Welch immigrant Rees Price began a brick manufacturing business in the the area. It was he that provided the funds and, along with his sons, oversaw the Incline Railway Company, a steep rail line that connected Cincinnati to the hillside neighborhood that came to be known as Price Hill.

The area I wondered through was West Price Hill, along Glenway Avenue, the main drag through that part of town. It's a mixture of older homes and businesses, many that have been repurposed for newer uses, as well as churches and a theater.

Western Hill High is also in the neighborhood, as well as the oldest cemetery in Hamilton County still used by a black church congregation, the Union Baptist Cemetery.

Given the age of the area, and the gloomy, humid day, I decided on a mostly black-and-white photo essay, as I thought it brought out the textures of the buildings.

Covedale Center

Somehow the marquee "Cherry Pie Baby" amused me.

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church

Mt. Echo Park Overlook

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