All aboard: Cincinnati voters emphatically reject anti-streetcar measure
Cincinnati voters have rejected "Measure 9," an anti-streetcar initiative, by a 56-44 percent margin. The measure was aimed at killing a streetcar plan approved earlier this year by the city council, and would have required further referenda on any city spending on rail transit.
This is great news for Cincinnati and the recovery of urban neighborhoods like the potentially wonderful Over-the-Rhine, shown below with the proposed streetcar routes in blue:
As I wrote in a series of previous posts, Over-the-Rhine is a badly deteriorated neighborhood with amazing assets and a restoration underway, positioned right between the city's two largest concentrations of employment, downtown and the University of Cincinnati. The streetcar will link the neighborhood with both.
And there was more good news for urban investment in the Queen City. Randy Simes writes in UrbanCincy:
"Cincinnatians showed their support for strong public assets even during tough economic times. Levies for the Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati/Hamilton County Public Library System, and Cincinnati Public Schools all passed along with others. Mayor Mallory won his reelection bid and the Anti-Passenger Rail Amendment was defeated."
Kaid Benfield writes (almost) daily about community, development, and the environment. For more posts, see his blog's home page.
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