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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Mallory: Miscommunication on Streetcars

Mayor Mark Mallory, in an interview Thursday with Margaret McGurk, said he thinks a more detailed streetcar plan and financing program to be announced at Monday's finance committee meeting will allay any council concerns about streetcars.



Re Roxanne Qualls' resolution that seeks more research about streetcars: "I think there has been some miscommunication, perhaps some misunderstanding among some council members." He reiterated the point that expansion to Uptown has always been integral to the plan. Her motion drew six signatures, a majority of the nine council members.



As for competition for TIF financing between streetcars and 3CDC, he said: "We prioritize what 3CDC is doing." The city can build the streetcars and support 3CDC at the same time. "We can't separate these things out anyway." (Meaning the streetcars need development, development needs the streetcars.) "Transportation development done right is an economic development driver."



"Big things can be done. This city has a history of doing big things."


23 Comments:

at 10:57 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Bortz isn't concerned with big things. Only big profits for Towne properties. So let's build the damn trolly and help his family get rich.

 
at 11:10 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank goodness Zero is finally stepping up. What was it he said?

 
at 12:29 AM, February 22, 2008 Blogger The Nati Life said...

"Big things can be done. This city has a history of doing big things."

Mayor Mallory, please, I hope so! Get it done!

 
at 7:49 AM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mallorys have a big history of doing nothing for citizens and lots for the family/extended family.

 
at 8:42 AM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barack Hussein Obama our saviour!!

 
at 9:41 AM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care what anyone's motivations are. I live in Pleasant Ridge and I think it's a great idea.

Prove that Cincinnati can actually do big things instead of just putting pretty pictures of streetcars on your campaign literature (Bortz, Crowley, and Qualls.)

 
at 11:24 AM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Streetcar fiasco, failing Banks project, small investors leaving the City, the Freedom Center joke... what "BIG things does the City do ???
City Council ... you're a joke

 
at 11:45 AM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crowley didn't have pictures of streetcars on his campaign literature.

 
at 11:58 AM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roxanne Qualls is the problem. She obstructed every major development when she was on council the first time and when she was mayor. She doesn't deserve a second chance. In 2009 throw Qualls out of office!

 
at 1:29 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mallory? Big Things? How about a small thing? Anything? (Just no task force).

He has done nothing. I didn't like Luken much, but he did the Square and convention center...even the Kroger Garage I now like.

Come on, Mark, lose the "Zero" label!

 
at 1:48 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Qualls and Crowley are both losers! Neither do anything to respect the voice of the people. Thankfully, Crowley will be term limited and let us rid of Qualls!

 
at 3:12 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the city doesn't clean up the crime, the robbers will "hold up" the streetcars and rob the passengers just like the Old West trains.

 
at 3:37 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like our good mayor is starting to get press:

AP Survey: Superdelegates Jump to Obama

Near the bottom of the article Mallory is referenced and quoted.

 
at 3:55 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Qualls and Cranley are the most powerful people at City Hall. If they are hell bent on stopping the streetcars, Cincinnati can kiss that dream goodbye.

 
at 8:19 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Mayor Zero is a "super delegate", how come my dog Fluffy got left out?
Anyone know what makes a "super delegate"? Party suckup?
It's sickening.

 
at 6:11 PM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

2nd attempt to post from Cheryl0047:
The confusion is in basing Cincinnati Streetcar projected numbers on Portland. Tampa is better suited for comparison, with approximately the same number of people downtown - 4,050, no light-rail, and a streetcar people-mover connecting two major parking garages with its two major activity centers. The only issues are that those numbers do not carry quite the same big-bang with Tampa's daily ridership at only 1,082, fare of $2.00, and yearly operating costs at $2.5 million (2007). Of course Tampa does not have the upscale Skoda-Inekon cars and only half the amount of track that Cincinnati proposes for their 4,600 daily ridership, fare of $.50, and yearly operating costs of $2.75 million. If you drag Portland back in with its attached light-rail system, we are talking downtown population of over 12,000 with a daily ridership still at only 2,763, amazingly about the same amount of track miles as Cincinnati with a $2.05 fare outside their downtown square, at a whopping $4.9 million in yearly operations cost (2007), seems those Skoda's are expensive. Then there are Little Rock, Kenosha, Tacoma, Miami, Tucson, Albuquerque, Madison, and West Sacramento, but I'll spare you. We wonder where the confusion is coming from. I wish someone on City Council would do some homework before committing to a HUGE project based on dynamics that Cincinnati does not have. A streetcar would be a nice addition, put it where it will make the most impact first, say connecting Cincinnati-Newport-Covington in the same manner as Little Rock, more people move between these areas versus Downtown/Uptown. Let's also get realistic with the project, it isn't going to magically save the city economy, core issues of safety and walk-ability need to be dealt with first. And by the way, Portland is currently dealing with major crime issues on their streetcars.

 
at 8:06 PM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Mark is now trolling for a good post-election political appointment. How about ambassador to the Congo?

He is an embarrassment to the City of Cincinnati. He could keep doing nothing and wouldn't hurt anything. And he wouldn't have to take a position on anything.

 
at 8:38 PM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone called "Mallory" gets elected. Good God, when will people wise up and look at what the "Mallory/Winkler etc. people are actually doing? Cincinnati voters are a joke...WAKE UP AMERIKA! Public Service is NOT a birthright.

 
at 9:49 PM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor Mark is political correctness & reverse racism carried to the extreme.

 
at 2:04 PM, February 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the problem: Qualls will not have the guts to take on Mallory (shame) but she will continue to "pick" at him and try to get him to make a mistake.

It's hard to get a guy who does nothing to make a mistake.

Mallory's mantra: "You cannot blame me for what I don't do".

...and The Enquirer will continue to cover for him.

 
at 2:05 PM, February 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mallory promised new retail in neighborhoods...but I just read Walnut Hills grocery is closing.

...and Mallory does nothing, again.

 
at 6:13 PM, February 24, 2008 Blogger Kevin LeMaster said...

^ Mayor Mallory cannot control how much money a landlord charges their tenant....

 
at 10:47 PM, February 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second 2:04's "the Enquirer will continue to cover for him"
It's a sad day in Cincinnati/America when you are simply not allowed to say anything negative about a black person unless they commit a crime.
Reverse racism.
Blacks have good & bad just like every other race, don't they?

 
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