MCP Capstone

Hearts of Price Hill

MCP Capstone


Price Hill houses ten percent of Cincinnati's population, but the area is often overlooked in the Queen City's path to growth. That's a shame, as Price Hill has a great structure of close-knit neighborhoods centered around their hearts: walkable business districts. 

What if we can use these hearts to make Price Hill a better place to live, work, and have a good time?

This website outlines five visions to improve the quality of life in Price Hill from the perspective of its neighborhood business districts. These visions prepare Price Hill for a new era of work, arts, food access, transportation and recreation. They have been created by the Spring 2020 Master of Community Planning graduate students, supervised by Dr. Conrad Kickert from the University of Cincinnati and John Yung from Urban Fast Forward. 

Price Hill community presentation, February 13

Capstone process

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In collaboration with Price Hill Will, the City of Cincinnati and UC Engage, a group of eleven MCP Capstone students have researched Price Hill, engaged with local stakeholders and residents, and present their proposals for neighborhood business district improvements on this website.


While this website mostly displays the student proposals for improvements, students have researched the principles and nationwide best practices on five key strategies to revitalize neighborhood business districts:

  • Retail revitalization

  • Business street design

  • Food access

  • Arts-led revitalization

  • Post-retail strategies for business districts

The research report on these strategies can be downloaded here. Below, you can find the five strategies for revitalizing, rethinking, and expanding our notion of Price Hill's neighborhood business districts.

This project is sponsored by the UC Niehoff Urban Studio with support from UC Forward and the UC Service-Learning Program. The work has been submitted in full to DAAPCares.


Improvement projects

Like many other Cincinnati neighborhoods, residents of Price Hill can struggle to access fresh food options. This project studies the principles of equitable urban food access, researches sites to improve food access in Price Hill, and proposes a community-led food access point in East Price Hill. The project provides a resourceful guide that can be used by individuals and organizations in Price Hill and in communities across the world, in order to develop food access solutions. The guide outlines how to navigate the geographic, social, organizational, and financial landscape that surrounds starting a food access solution.

Amanda Dias  |  Mel Musie  |  Daniel Hart


Just south of East Price Hill's Warsaw Avenue business district lies Dempsey Park. With the library and the business district on one end, and the growing Incline District on the other, the park has a tremendous potential to transform East Price Hill, but its spaces are disconnected and often underused. This project presents a “How-To Guide” to help the community of East Price Hill spark positive transformation within Dempsey Park. The guide presents a variety of design and programming possibilities, and addresses how to turn these possibilities into action. The guide empowers Price Hill to transform Dempsey Park into a place of gathering, activity and community pride.

Christian Umbach  |  Swapna Natesh Babu

Street design is crucial for a walkable neighborhood, and hence for successful neighborhood business districts. Unfortunately, many streets in Price Hill have become unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists, and lack spaces for people to gather. This project focuses on shifting the perception of Price Hill's streets as public spaces rather than corridors of vehicular movement. 

Anna Dewey  |  Jyutika Bhise

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The arts can be enriching catalysts for neighborhood business district revitalization across the United States. Diverse art forms relate to economic development, and can promote the quality of life for all families in the neighborhoods of Price Hill. This project envisions East Price Hill's "Creative Campus" and proposes various strategies to develop a vibrant space for residents, businesses, and visitors alike.

Jamie Kreindler  |  Xu Zhu

Glenway Avenue in West Price Hill may thrive as more than just a retail corridor. This project re-envisions Glenway Avenue for the future of work, as a corridor for production beyond consumption.

Ian Vanness  |  Casey White


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