Building Cincinnati is reporting that City Council has adopted the GO (Growth and Opportunities) Cincinnati Plan as the official economic development strategy for the City. From Building Cincincinnati:
The motion to adopt was presented by Councilmember Chris Bortz, co-chair of a steering committee that spent more than a year developing the plan for targeted, place-based development, workforce development, and transportation investments in the City.
In addition to Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and the Uptown neighborhoods, the report identified the Madison Road corridor, the Seymour/Reading corridor, and the Queensgate/South Mill Creek corridor – specifically, large vacant tracts and brownfields – as ripe for new growth.
One of the recommendations from the the GO Cincinnati report:
The City should aggressively pursue establishing a streetcar system, the first phase of which would link Downtown to Uptown, the City’s two leading job generations areas… [the] streetcar would be a “starter” rail transit system for the region and would demonstrate the viability of rail transit. This has been the approach taken by many other metropolitan areas that are further along the path of building rail transit, including Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, and most recently, Charlotte.