I am honestly not certain how to be a guest columnist, so I decided that writing a post may be the best way to do so.
Growing up in Cincinnati, my grandfather owned several Pizza restaurants and would take me to the Cincinnati Reds home games every chance he would get. As we walked down the steep hillside of Mount Adams hand in hand we would talk about the most amazing city in the world.
I was born and raised in Cincinnati with the majority of my childhood on Celestial, what a great place at the foot of Immaculata and all of its glory, the city seemed to glisten, like twinkling Christmas lights every night from my small bedroom window. Its that view that I remember seeing every night that would make me dream and think of all the amazing things that Cincinnati was and could be.
Then we moved north, into the heart of Amish Country. A place that seemed so separated from the world, a place that was so peaceful, but would never be Cincinnati. I graduated from high school and began working in the radio business moving all over the Midwest.
I still dream of what Cincinnati could and will become in the future. It’s my wish that Cincinnati could eventually come to replace Columbus as the largest city in the state…a vibrant economy that beckons visionaries. Think of what our families settled upon. What Losantiville became as the days grew.
I look at neighborhoods that will tremendously benefit off a streetcar system, such as OTR and even the desolate and abandoned village behind Christ Hospital, a thru connection to one of America’s most established and well regarded zoological societies, a college that is only growing year after year and what I consider the most amazing downtown in the world.
I look at the kind of revenue this will garner to unique businesses and botique shops as well as the local chains that are along the same route. The city will collect fare money and it will potentially bring new growing companies to a city that desperately needs them.
Of all the cities in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana – Cincinnati is the only city that is putting plans in place rapidly to build a streetcar network. While other cities desire to have one, they aren’t nearly as advanced as the citizens of Cincinnati. Recent Site Selection magazine named Cincinnati one of the best cities in America to start a new business. Home and Family ranked Cincinnati one of the best cities to raise a young family.
These are all great attributes for a city that we all LOVE AND ADORE. We all need to rally behind the CINCINNATI STREETCAR and tell those who don’t yet believe it will better the city where they have gone off track (pun intended).
Daniel Baisden lives in Lima, Ohio