I say bravo to those who have worked hard to achieve this progress. Cincinnati has created positive momentum in recent years, and I think this project might be the tipping point (at least for Over-the-Rhine). I am confident in its success and only hoping for it to grow in the future (more streetcar lines, light rail, commuter rail, etc.) To all you suburbanites: First, get out of our business. We asked for your help with 2002's MetroMoves campaign and you gave us the finger. Now we are going alone. Second, many of you don't seem to get it. Some people like living in cities and riding public transportation because it's not so boring.
John Hoebbel, Northside
First, you dolt, many suburbanites pay city income tax, they should have every right to say how that money's spent.
Second, this is a city that had no money to fund it's public pools last year... Stan Chesley came up with the money so they could open. Does this seem like a frill or a necessity when compared to city pools?
Third, if public transportation was so damn successful in the city, why is it subsidized? In fact, if you ever drive by a Metro bus during non rush hour times you'd be lucky to see three people in one.
Fourth, let's truly examine how this street car is supposed to operate. People are supposed to pay to park at downtown, OTR or uptown, then they pay to take the street car from one of those places to another place and then pay to take the street car back to where you parked.
Doesn't that sound kind of ridiculous? I mean how many people actually have business to do downtown and either OTR or the university?
The fact is, if people do have business in one or both of these areas; they'll drive.
Let me also give this douche bag another lesson in urban government. Did you ever hear of the Cincinnati subway?
How about Fountain Square West? where the city bought a totally functioning department store out only to spend millions and take fifteen years to turn it into, wow, another department store.
Let's look at the another promise in urban development, the Underground Freedom Center.
John, if city life is so damn wonderful, why are people leaving in droves? The city population has dropped from 1 million to 350,000 in forty years. I guess, only you urban snobs can see the beauty of a woman being shot in cold blood with lots of witnesses yet no one seems to be able to tell the police who did it.
I will give you, life in the city is not boring. It was never boring to me when my window was bashed in three times in a three year period. I just couldn't take all that excitement anymore.