Neighborhoods Seek Streetcar Extensions

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Sunday’s Enquirer had this article about about the friendly competition between Cincinnati neighborhoods vying for streetcar service:

Mount Auburn planners envision new homes and shops along a streetcar route on Vine.

Clifton Heights planners see thousands of University of Cincinnati riders taking the streetcar on West Clifton.

As a decision nears on the best streetcar route from Downtown to Uptown, communities are competing to be the pick. To the winner will go the promise of enhanced property values and the potential for new retail, housing and office space.

“We’re all viewing this as a revitalization tool, and we all see the major development opportunities we stand to lose if the streetcar doesn’t come our way,” said Holly Dorna, president of the Mount Auburn Chamber of Commerce.

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2 thoughts on “Neighborhoods Seek Streetcar Extensions

    Bill Landeck said:
    August 30, 2010 at 7:25 am

    If push comes to shove , I think the West Clifton route makes the most sense as a stand alone route. However, a loop going up Vine and coming back down W Clifton, would be a great deal for both neighborhoods and the success of the streetcar as a whole.

    Nicholas Gesell said:
    September 1, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Bill,

    In the environmental assessment, the loop option received some of the worst scores. I can’t do the argument justice, but go here http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/noncms/projects/tiger2/ and read Appendix B for detailed analysis of the uptown options.

    I will highlight one argument against the loop option. Loops are only effective if people can easily walk between the routes going in opposite directions (like in the downtown area). This is prevented by the hill between Vine and W. Clifton.

    For example, if the loop traveled north on Vine and south on W. Clifton, people on W. Clifton would have to travel all the way downtown to 2nd street and back before they would get to UC. Those on Vine would have to travel to UC before heading downtown. This makes the system inconvenient, reducing ridership and the success of the system.

    On the surface, it seems like a good idea to travel through both neighborhoods but instead of one of the stand alone routes being a good economic boost to one neighborhood or the other, using a loop to go through both wouldn’t be much of a boost to either. It would be very expensive to build, combines the worst features of both routes and doesn’t offer much of an advantage.

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