Joe Urban | Sam Newberg, Urbanist

A Streetcar Victory in Cincinnati

Dateline: 3:26 pm December 19, 2011 Filed under:

The proposed streetcar took a huge step forward last week, according to the UrbanCincy website. Rustwire pointed out the challenges and obstacles overcome to get to this point.

And I’m glad, because the city deserves it. And most of all, this new transportation improvement will complement some land use improvements to the city, the way land use and transit should relate. The streetcar will connect the downtown and riverfront (The Banks) to the emerging Over-the-Rhine/Gateway Quarter district, renovated Washington Park, Music Hall, the Findlay Market and eventually Uptown and the University of Cincinnati. Connecting employment, entertainment and emerging housing opportunities is a big part of the city’s future.

Their innovative public/private organization, 3CDC, has helped push forward some fantastic urban revitalization projects. With the help of 3CDC, Cincinnati’s downtown park and event space, Fountain Square, has been renovated to the urban gathering place it is today. As well, the extensive renovations of historic buildings and new construction in the Over-the-Rhine district is possible in large part to 3CDC.

Congrats and kudos to Cincinnati. You deserve this streetcar, and I wish you continued success!

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