In the last mayoral debate before the November election, Roxanne Qualls and John Cranley brought up the Cincinnati streetcar 26 times during the hour-long televised program. While Qualls is an avid supporter of the streetcar, Cranley has based his campaign around canceling the project, claiming that it is a waste of money. Curiously, he also stated that he wants to improve Cincinnati and the city’s African American middle class by using the Atlanta economic model. Does John Cranley realize that Atlanta is currently building a streetcar that will open in their urban core in 2014?
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In a recent interview with CityBeat about the streetcar, Cincinnati mayoral candidate, John Cranley stated:
“Stop the reckless spending. Eight weeks between now and the swearing in of the next mayor is not going to change anything for their schedule, but it wastes money if I’m elected.”
Delaying a construction project is not as simple as turning off a light switch. In fact, it would cost more money to temporarily halt the project than by allowing it to continue. From compensating construction workers to rescheduling pending equipment rentals and supply deliveries, here’s a breakdown of what’s involved in the process of an 8-week delay:
We are nearing the Mayoral primary to be held on September 10. On the ballot will be three streetcar opponents (Jim Berns, Sandra Queen Noble, John Cranley) and one streetcar supporter (Roxanne Qualls). Obviously, we hope that you support the mayoral candidate who supports this dynamic project currently underway, and will work toward building extensions that head into Cincinnati’s great neighborhoods.
You can show your support this Thursday at a fundraiser for Roxanne Qualls and Wendall Young (pro-streetcar city council candidate). The fundraiser will take place downtown at El Coyote, which sits directly on the phase one streetcar route, and will start at 5:30 P.M.
Here’s what John Schneider, the host of the event, has to say about the two candidates:
Twenty years ago, Roxanne Qualls began to reshape our city in ways that are more apparent every day. A three-term mayor of Cincinnati and president of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, she first proposed regional rail transit and has been the Cincinnati Streetcar’s principal champion on City Council.
Against great odds, she seized the opportunity to narrow Fort Washington Way and claim our riverfront for the first time in 225 years and reinvested in Findlay Market and new housing choices. She’ll need Wendell Young to be re-elected to City Council, for without a future-focused Council, Cincinnati could easily revert to the lazy city of a decade ago.
If you support the Cincinnati Streetcar then you should support the candidates who have taken a clear position of support on the project (Roxanne Qualls for Mayor and Wendell Young, Laure Quinlivan, Yvette Simpson, Chris Seelbach, Shawn Butler, Greg Landsman, Mike Moroski, and Michelle Dillingham for City Council).
In March, Covington and Newport passed this joint resolution supporting the Cincinnati Streetcar and expressing a desire to extend the Streetcar into Northern Kentucky. The text of this resolution has been reproduced here for those new to this site.
The text of the joint resolution with Newport:
WHEREAS, the Cities of Covington and Newport, Commonwealth of Kentucky (Cities) recognize that a strong and economically vital center city is necessary to support a strong and economically vital region, and that the City of Cincinnati’s proposed Streetcar Plan will bring new development, economic vitality, and greater connectivity between any of the region’s exciting cultural institutions; and
WHEREAS, the Cities understand the magnitude of such an investment requires a staged phasing approach that develops and initial critical mass of ridership and development activity within the center city neighborhoods of Cincinnati, and also understands that the system anticipates future extensions into other neighborhoods including Covington and Newport, to create improved mobility and connectivity throughout the region; and
WHEREAS, the Cities recognize the role Streetcars have in encouraging and supporting the exciting, authentic, “walk able” urban neighborhoods desired by talented young professionals, and that these neighborhoods are critical to the region’s success in competition globally for these talented people, both as residents and workers; and
WHEREAS, the Cities endorse and support the Cincinnati Streetcar Plan, its anticipated goals and outcomes, and the phases approach to bringing the benefits of the Streetcar to the region’s center city communities.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF COVINGTON, KENTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY:
Section 1: That the Cities enthusiastically approve the efforts of Cincinnati to develop and implement the Cincinnati Streetcar Plan, and offer their support toward the timely implementation of the Streetcar Plan.
Section 2: That this order/resolution shall take effect and be in full force when passed and recorded according to law.