“A Streetcar to Nowhere”

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I see people make this comment a lot on the Enquirer’s website. It is kind of remarkable that some people would call a route that connects Downtown and Uptown, the region’s two largest employment centers “nowhere”, especially when it serves the following destinations within a few blocks of the line:

· The Banks Project

· The new Central Riverfront Park

· The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

· The new Tallest Building at Queen City Square

· The Red’s Stadium

· The Bengal’s Stadium

· US Bank Arena

· The Taft Museum

· The Taft Theatre

· The Convention Center

· Fountain Square

· The Contemporary Arts Center

· The Aronoff Center

· The Weston Art Gallery

· New Stage Collective

· Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

· Know Theatre

· Ensemble Theatre

· The Emery Theatre

· Macy’s Department Store

· Sak’s Fifth Avenue

· The Carew Tower

· Tower Place Mall

· The busiest library in the country

· Hamilton County Courthouse

· Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals

· Federal Courthouse

· Music Hall

· Memorial Hall

· Washington Park

· Piatt Park

· Inwood Park

· Classen Park

· Findlay Market

· The Over-the-Rhine Brewery District

· Main Street business district

· Vine Street business district

· Clifton Heights business district

· Short Vine business district

· Bogart’s

· The Over the Rhine Gateway Quarter

· Antonelli College

· The Cincinnati Art Academy

· The School for the Creative and Performing Arts

· The University of Cincinnati

· Nippert Stadium

· Fifth Third Arena

· Marge Schott Field

· The University of Cincinnati Medical Campus

· University Hospital

· The EPA

· Seven Hotels, and

· The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens


11 thoughts on ““A Streetcar to Nowhere”

    Quimbob said:
    February 25, 2009 at 1:53 pm


    cincystreetcar said:
    February 25, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Great shrimp and grits there. Had I named restaurants that list would have been much longer.

    Randy Simes said:
    February 25, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    The strategy of saying it doesn’t take people anywhere is the same strategy being employed with the high-speed rail line from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. I heard Gov. Jindall (R-LA) refer to it as a line from Disney Land to the Vegas Strip.

    Tony Skaggs said:
    February 26, 2009 at 12:44 am

    isn’t “streetcar to nowhere” code for places white suburbanites/exurbanites don’t like to go to?

    Coleman Kane said:
    February 26, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Funny thing about the “Disneyland to Las Vegas” line is that it isn’t even in the USDOT’s list of planned high-speed rail lines. Considering that it isn’t even a “shovel ready” project, the likelihood that it will be part of the stimulus is quite low.

    Funny thing about Republicans: why use real facts when they can make up even more wild ones?

    Coleman Kane said:
    February 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    The following link describes the lines that are more likely to be fit for the stimulus package:


    Azazael said:
    February 27, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Hmm, very cognitive post.

    dognut said:
    February 27, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Cincinnati’s need for this transportation can stand on its own merits (nicely encapsulated above). Let’s not devolve into stupid partisan sniping.

    Scared E. Cat said:
    March 4, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I have been to none of the places on that list in the past 10 years. If the streetcar is built, I will still not go to any of them.

    Randy Simes said:
    March 4, 2009 at 11:16 am


    I would love to build a city-wide streetcar system that served all 52 neighborhoods. The problem is that I don’t think we can afford that large of a project all at once. As a result I support a phased approach that allows us to start and expand as the resources are made available.

    If you support a citywide streetcar system, then I’ll be right there with you collecting signatures to fund the tax increase needed to pay for such an idea. I tend to think that you won’t favor a tax increase either, so I guess you’re saying that it can be successful if it served all 52 neighborhoods, but you aren’t willing to fund that kind of a system. So are you in essence saying that you’re unwilling to fund a project that will bring streetcars and their related success to all 52 of our city neighborhoods?

    Kathy Douthit said:
    March 10, 2010 at 1:03 am

    The anti republican person / can we please keep this on a adult level. I am a republican. I am a city resident. I am an Urban Planner by trade. I support the street car too. check your facts not every city resident is a liberal and not every republican is against the street car!!!!!
    The last time I checked the NAACP and Coast were the big organizations against it. Go talk to Chris Smithermen from the NAACP. The group Coast is also run by some powerfull Democrats such as(Tom Luken)who is one of their guys that speaks for them in public.

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