Entrepreneur Locates Dress Shop to OTR Because of Cincinnati Streetcar

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Ask Lindsey Lusignolo why she supports the Cincinnati Streetcar and you may begin to understand why so many small business owners are interested in storefronts along the route.

Lusignolo is excited about the awareness that the streetcar will bring to Cincinnati’s urban core and the positive economic impact it will have for the businesses located there. “Because I went to high school in the area, I already felt a tie to the community,” said Lusignolo. “I chose to bring my shop to Over-The-Rhine because I wanted to be part of the progressive movement that is currently taking place here, and I am excited about the steady foot traffic that the streetcar will bring to my store.”

Lusignolo, executive designer and owner of her self-titled couture dress shop on Main St., in Over-The-Rhine, could have taken her business anywhere. Many designers would have opted for New York, or even one of the more prominent bridal districts in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Not Lusignolo. Being a visionary, she was able to see the revitalization that is taking place in Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine.

Listen to Lindsey discuss her support for the Cincinnati Streetcar by clicking Cincinnati Streetcar Youtube Channel.

Mayor, City Manager Announce Highlighting of Streetcar Station Locations

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Today individual streetcar stations along the route began receiving signs to highlight their locations. Watch as Mayor Mark Mallory, City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr., Metro CEO Terry Garcia Crews, and small business owner Kalika Crawford discuss the importance of the Streetcar and unwrap the first sign at the station at 8th & Main Streets.

Streetcar News Conference from CitiCable on Vimeo.

Save the Date – Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

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Mark your calendar for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, and join us when Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr., and Metro’s CEO and General Manager Terry Garcia Crews will unveil the first Streetcar station sign in front of 801 Main St.

Supporters of the Streetcar system are welcome to attend this unveiling. These are temporary markers so that people can begin to understand the route and where the Streetcar will take them when it is built.

Throughout the rest of the day, more stations will continue to be showcased. Within the week, each station will have a colorful, visible sign so that everyone can see where they’ll be able to board the Streetcar. Each sign will be colored in Streetcar green and include a map showing the individual stations along the Streetcar route.

For up-to-the-minute news on this event, visit the Cincinnati Streetcar webpage and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Streetcar Projects 3-to-1 ROI in Local Economic Development

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Today’s guest blog post is from the City of Cincinnati:

The Cincinnati Streetcar project is anticipated to stimulate the local economy by attracting more businesses, new jobs and advanced revenue into the urban core and Greater Cincinnati economy. For every $1 spent, the City is projected to see $3 in return to the local economy.

In addition, 1,800 jobs are predicted to result from the construction of the Cincinnati Streetcar alone, and an estimated 9,000 jobs could be created over the next 20 years.

Studies indicate that development along the streetcar’s route will result in approximately $1.4 billion in economic impact. Residents could see impact in more than 1,100 new housing units, and businesses are estimated to benefit from 92 acres of land likely to be converted into 7.4 million square feet of new office and retail space.

All city neighborhoods will benefit from new jobs and residents paying general earnings.

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