Posted on January 15, 2009 Updated on September 11, 2009
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?
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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
$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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Fuzzy math & flawed logic Mark. Weak.
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