The map below shows the development that has taken place along the streetcar line since 2005 (blue), the development that is currently under construction (orange), and planned development (yellow). The Cincinnati Streetcar will help the revitalization of our urban core by:
- Creating New Development Along the Line. Streetcars are a powerful tool of economic development. Around the country, where ever tracks are laid development follows. Because it is a permanent investment, the streetcar can cut down parking ratios for residences and new businesses, allowing greater density and fewer surface lots. The parts of Over-the-Rhine and Mount Auburn along the line that are too away from the employment centers of Uptown and Downtown (which contain 54% of all jobs in the City) will be a short streetcar ride away, helping reduce blight by repopulating the vacant buildings in those neighborhoods.
- Connecting Activity Centers in the Urban Core. The map below shows that most of the development has clustered in a few areas (Gateway, University, Riverfront) with large gaps in between. The streetcar can help create a continuous corridor of development along the line and connect the major activity centers on the route. Visitors and residents will be able to easily go from Short Vine to Fountain Square, the Banks to the Casino, and Findlay Market to the University. These connections will increase the vibrancy of our city and make it safer by having more eyes on the street.
- Supporting the Investments We Have Already Made. The streetcar will act as an insurance policy on the investments that we have already made in our urban core. By increasing mobility options for those already living in the central city and carrying over a million potential customers a year, the streetcar will help retain the new residents and business that have moved into Downtown and Uptown in the past few years, ensuring a stable base for future development.
Support the Revitalization of Cincinnati—Build the Streetcar.