Council meetings I've found out are as boring as a gallon of white paint.
But this is where the sausage making gets done. I was hoping to hear about possible financing of the sreetcar instead it was hours of people trying to convince council that after six year years of fighting for the streetcar that yes, we still want it built. Except for a few opponents that is who left me wondering, did they sound crazy to everyone or just me because I'm biased?
Toronto Councilwoman Karen Stintz made the trip to Cincinnati to talk about how important streetcars have been to her city and summed it up by saying,
“You know what you have,” she said. “But it’s sometimes a struggle to imagine what you could be.”
I pulled out a couple random tweets from the council meeting last night.
As Bill Donabedian says, "We're on the 5 yard line and if we don't make it we'll fall by the wayside."— Over-the-Rhine (@OTRcincy) April 30, 2013
Casey Coston: Voters elected a pro-streetcar mayor & pro-streetcar council majority twice, proves the project has support— Kevin Osborne (@kevinwcpo) April 30, 2013
UC student: "Can u show me your suburbs, with your Applebees and your Starbucks" - said no tourist to a city ever!— P.G. Sittenfeld (@VotePG) April 30, 2013
COASTer "I don't see the difference between tires, rail." Well, one is steel & permanent, the other made of rubber... #cincystreetcar— Paige E. Malott (@Paigetastic01) April 30, 2013
Casey Coston: "how many times do citizens have to come to tell council that WE WANT the #cincystreetcar"— Paige E. Malott (@Paigetastic01) April 30, 2013
This hearing isnt ab the merits of the streetcar (which r great and which we should all be fluent in by now). Tonight is ab the budget!— P.G. Sittenfeld (@VotePG) April 29, 2013
To be fair and balanced like FoxNews I need to include the opposition, Tom Luken was at the meeting talking about how he went to Tampa and couldn't find their streetcar, and no one there knew anything about a streetcar. And he was the smartest guy in the crowd of opponents.
Couldn't agree more Matt, couldn't agree more.
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