This is a guest post by Daniel Baisden:
Growing up in Cincinnati, my grandfather who owned several Pizza restaurants would take me to the Cincinnati Reds home games every chance he would get. And walking down the steep hillside of Mount Adams hand in hand with my grandpa we would talk about the most amazing city in the world.
I was born and raised 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 it would never be Cincinnati. I graduated from high school and began working in the radio business moving all over the mid-west.
I still dream of what Cincinnati could and will become in the future. Its 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 Losantisville 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 boutique 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 cities in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana – Cincinnati is the only city that is putting plans in place at a rapid pace to build a streetcar network. While other cities desire to have one, they aren’t nearly as advances 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 to a city that we all LOVE AND ADORE. We all need to rally behind CINCINNATI STREETCAR and tell those who don’t believe it will be better for the city where they have gone off track (pun intended).