-5 Degrees

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That’s how cold it is with the windchill right now. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to hop on a streetcar rather than walk into a frigid 17 mph headwind?

7 thoughts on “-5 Degrees

    5chw4r7z said:
    January 15, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    It is nice jumping into a warm tranport.
    I wish I could walk out and know that in less than 10 minutes a streetcar would come by.
    I have to hit the bus stop at least 5 – 10 minutes early because once in awhile it shows up early, but it will probabl be 15 minutes late leaving me out there for 25 minutes or so. Brrrrr

    Mark Miller said:
    January 16, 2009 at 12:19 am

    $100 million divided by 317,361 citizens means every man woman and child in our fair city will have to cough up $315. Plus whatever the annual subsidy is to operate it.

    I can buy a helluva nice winter coat for that. And I can use the coat in other places besides downtown.

    Thanks, but no thanks.

    cincystreetcar responded:
    January 16, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Cincinnati’s population is 332,458.

    To break down the funding:

    $25 million will be in TIF funding, paid for by the property owners along the line.
    $11 million is from the Blue Ash Airport fund, a revenue source.
    $25 million is from bonds paid for out of the capital budget.

    The rest is from public private partnership and capital grants from the state or federal government.

    Brianne said:
    January 16, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Amen to that. I had to mummy-up in my warmest gear just to hit the street for a cup of coffee. Saw a lot of business travelers out in the CBD hurrying along with their heads down to get from the office to the hotel. They probably would have ventured out for some local flavor or at least dinner and shopping if they didn’t have to walk it so far in the cold.

    citykin said:
    January 16, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Mark, I’m with you on the winter coats. Heck, why pave the streets when we could just buy everyone rubber boots when it is muddy?

    citykin said:
    January 16, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Serioustly though. There is no doubt that cold weather hurts street level retail. Streetcars could really help us build back reatil in our urban areas.

    REK said:
    January 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Fuzzy math & flawed logic Mark. Weak.

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