Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Cincinnati's Great Debate: The Street Car

The street-car issue has been splattered across the Cincinnati
blogosphere for some time now.

Again I have to reiterate that in my opinion, any city funds set aside
for this economic revitalization project is being spent on the street

Thispast Sunday on News Makers, the host interviewed Mayor Mark
Mallory which is where he set some things straight about funding for
the street car.

1.        Without giving exact numbers, the Mayor informed us that
most of the funds that will be used for the street car development
will come from the Federal Stimulus which is already ear marked for
transportation development.  Meaning that if we don't decided how we
want to spend it, that money will go elsewhere.

2.        The Mayor also named a dozen of other metropolitan cities,
which are similar to Cincinnati, who have benefited from the street
car and transportation development, or are in the process of doing so.

3.        The Mayor gave a strong case for the choice of route.  In a
nutshell, it has been proven that by connecting the two largest
employment hubs in the city (in our case, the University Heights area
and the Downtown Business District) economic development with flourish
along the path between the two (in our case, it would be

4.        One interesting fact came about, Cincinnati owns the Western
Southern rail line, and is leased to a railroad company.

What are your thoughts?  Still disagree?

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