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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mallory: Cincinnati Will Have Streetcars

While members of Cincinnati City Council's finance committee are taking their two weeks before their next meeting to think about the proposed $102 million streetcar plan, Mayor Mark Mallory is confident the streetcars will happen here.

He said at his weekly press briefing Tuesday that he's "always been clear" that the route would go to Uptown once money was raised to pay for it. A city proposal suggests building a loop from downtown through Over-the-Rhine as an initial phase, but a majority of council members last week signed a motion by Roxanne Qualls that says the city shouldn't proceed with construction until it can build the route all the way to Uptown.

Part of the confusion among council members, he said, is that they have conflicting definitions of words like "phase" and "plan."

"We're going to do it," the mayor said. "It's going to take resources. It's going to take commitment. But the energy is there."


at 6:27 PM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every streetcar will be assigned a plain clothes policeman to protect the riders from the masked bandits.

at 8:50 PM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zero saying zero once again. And he compares himself to Obama?

You haven't even funded the Banks yet Mayor Zero, so let's move onto the next development/failure???

at 9:41 PM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The streetcar is a powerful catalyst for economic development. Although the improved transportation provided by the streetcar will improve the character and feel of the city, the greatest benefits come from the streetcar’s ability to focus and spur investment all along the route.

In other cities, building a streetcar line has been an effective way to increase investment and development in their urban cores.

Phase 1 of the streetcar system would cost $102 million, according to the HDR study. This investment would increase the property values along the line by $379 million and enable $1.4 billion of new development to occur.

For each dollar invested, the city would reap approximately $14 in new economic activity.

The streetcar will greatly increase the speed at which downtown development occurs. The HDR study looks at long term development trends and the effects of the streetcar. Without the streetcar, the number of residential units downtown is predicted to rise to 2000 units by 2039. With the streetcar 2000 units will be reached in 2018, a full 21 years sooner.

at 10:56 AM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is, quite simply, the dumbest idea that anyone has ever had regarding the development of Cincnnati. Mallory will be gone when it goes belly-up...like Qualls was when the Freedom Center tanked!

at 1:53 PM, February 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll have streetcars when pigs fly. Maybe you can design the layout to stop at the "back" door of the Freedom Center? This is another waste of tax payer monies.

at 8:28 AM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems we're not the only city with this dumb plan... http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/03/02/streetcar_0303.html?cxntnid=amn030308e

at 3:56 PM, March 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm... does anyone recall that just a couple of years ago, the wonderful voters of Hamilton County voted down a plan to revitalize public transportation in Cincinnati, that would have not only connected downtown with uptown, but would have given us comprehensive transit for all of Greater Cincinnati? Seems like streetcars are just a fancy show piece as opposed to effective transportation.

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