Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Why Is Cincinnati's N.A.A.C.P. Against Streetcars?

Today the NAACP's pres Chris Smitherman announced that the city should rethink sinking so much money into developing a street car system which would service Downtown and the University of Cincinnati area.

I hope that there is more to NAACP's opposition that what is stated in the Enquire article. If not, that would mean the the NAACP is opposing a viable way of doing the following for the struggling downtown/OTR area:

1. Linking neighborhoods with a modern, convenient and attractive
transportation alternative.

2. Provide quality service to attract and
reach new transit ridership. Offer more transit options

3. Reduce short inner-city auto trips, parking demand, traffic congestion and air pollution.

4. Encourage economic development and affordable housing options to the
Downtown/OTR area

In many struggling urban areas, streetcar implementation has proven to reduce congestion and parking problems in addition to creating a low emission transportation alternative with environmentally-friendly features.

What is there to oppose....I want to know more.

1 comment:

Jason said...

I agree that it just doesn't make sense for the NAACP to be opposed to the streetcar system...For the reasons you pointed out above and many more!