I think not!
You haven't heard much noise about the streetcar lately but believe me, behind the scenes things are chugging along furiously and the plans are quickly falling into place.
I think we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for this long and difficult journey.
Last night the Cincinnatian for Progress met at City Cellars to discuss what has happened, whats happening now, and also the future of rail in Cincinnati.
The Fed has $2.4 billion (a year for 10 years) for high speed rail. The question is do they concentrate it in cities with existing rail?
Or, do they invest somewhere like Ohio, the densest state without high speed rail connecting its biggest cities?
Ohio is looking very good in this debate, with its plans for the 3C corridor.
On the streetcar front, Cincinnati is going to receive a state grant which will be announced shortly, and a federal grant, there are 6 or 7 grants for $25 million each and Cincinnati's streetcar plan is considered one of the top plans in the country.
Considering that almost every urban/rail blog in the country talks about Cincinnati's streetcar, I have to wonder what the CAVE* men would think about some of the lesser plans from other cities?
I believed in the streetcar from day one and never doubted Issue 9 would fail, I was kind of surprised it was as close as it was, if you can call that stunning defeat close. But I knew it was all over for the CAVE* men when Cunningham said on the radio that 9 was stupid. He had to be the last and most entrenched friend they had.
Similarly the Enquirer, they were against the streetcar when they thought their readership was. But as they became more educated along with everyone else they could no longer deny the logic of a streetcar for the future of Cincinnati.
Cincinnati's future is so bright, we have to wear shades.
*Citizens Against Virtually Everything[where: 45202]
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