Lower Price Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio

When I spotted a small enclave of a neighborhood tucked at the bottom of the hills that form the western edge of the Mill Creek Valley in Cincinnati, I knew I had to visit. By poking around, I discovered this area is known as Lower Price Hill, settled early in the history of the region….

Mount Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio

We’re going to take a break from Over the Rhine to visit Mount Adams, an example of a successful community fit into a tight space. As the name implies, and as can be seen above in the historic photograph, the steep slopes of the hill have kept the outcropping isolated northeast of downtown Cincinnati. Eden…

Main Street, Over the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio, East Side

The built environment on Main Street through Over the Rhine in Cincinnati is just about perfectly preserved, with few building losses. We’ll look at the east side of the street first. Despite being “Main Street,” it’s a surprisingly narrow thoroughfare, allowing for relatively slow traffic speeds and easy pedestrian crossing. The street has one of…

Old Louisville, Part Three

Finishing up the Old Louisville neighborhood, we encounter older houses, including one from the Second Empire and also several from the Italianate style. Three story Italianate townhouses such as these were once common in St. Louis, but they are now almost entirely erased in urban renewal. It is interesting to see how these houses would…

Cherokee Street Between Minnesota and Pennsylvania Avenues, North Side

Crossing Minnesota, again looking at some buildings I saw back in January of 2017, we see the same sort of corner storefronts that transition the edge of blocks to the middle. These photos above and below show the evolution of the street, from early Greek Revival rural construction, to later residential in the middle, to…

Dodier Street Between Parnell Avenue and North 25th Street

Apparently I have never photographed the sad and depopulated stretch of Dodier Street just to the east of Parnell Avenue, which is the main artery that peals off from North Jefferson Avenue (which becomes a quiet two lanes street to the west of here). I hadn’t realized just how bad of shape this twelve-family had…

Penrose Street Between Blair Avenue and North 11th Street, Hyde Park

I ended up on Penrose Street in Hyde Park recently east of Blair Avenue, which is blocked off with Schoemehl Pots. On the east, Interstate 70 cuts the street off from North Broadway, with which it had long been connected. Some houses are abandoned, like the one above, but others are in great condition and…

Cass Avenue Between Leffingwell and Elliott Avenues

First we glance at these houses on Sheridan Avenue, which I think might be slated for rehabilitation, but I’m not sure. We then head up Leffingwell Avenue and turn right onto Cass Avenue, which I’ve looked at twice before in January of 2013 and and January of 2017 (last three photos). The house below, with…