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Mass Transit / Re: Cincinnati Streetcar News
« Last post by OllyTransit on Today at 07:40:30 PM »
I can go into more detail on this, but I sat on Student Government when UC abandoned its old partnership with Metro. The old deal gave somewhere between $250-$300k to SORTA in exchange for free student ridership on the bus system. At that time, student ridership was something like 45,000 rides per month (really need to investigate that number...). Was maybe 10% of that after they did away with the system.

The reason I bring this up is the deal was killed in the midst of economic turmoil. With the economy back and UC doing better than ever, it may be worth pursuing a similar partnership for the streetcar (and maybe buses again too) when the time is right.
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Phase one of the Banks is pretty disappointing, especially after recently visiting the Pearl District in Portland.

OMG ... He's alive! ;)
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Mass Transit / Re: Cincinnati Streetcar News
« Last post by ProkNo5 on Today at 07:35:18 PM »
Maybe some students, their reach extended by the streetcar, will choose to give up their cars and live somewhere along the streetcar line. I doubt we're talking about a huge increase here.


This is very true, and the ones who choose to drive and park everywhere would benefit from a reformed parking program.
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Goodyear won't build plant in Akron, city says

By  John Harper, Northeast Ohio Media Group   
September 02, 2014 at 6:36 PM, updated September 02, 2014 at 6:41 PM 

AKRON, Ohio -- Goodyear will not build its new $500 million tire plant in its hometown.

In a news release, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic said Tuesday he received a letter from the tire company.

"After discussing the matter with (Goodyear CEO) Rich Kramer, I am saddened but I realize that it is not economical to ship millions of tires from Ohio to Latin America, where Goodyear's growth in sales is occurring," Plusquellic said. "I appreciate Goodyear's willingness to consider our joint efforts to land this major investment, and further appreciate the continuing relationship."

The company had said it was reviewing all options for the plant, which will manufacture the company's value-added line of products, but sources early on told Plain Dealer Publishing Co. that Akron was an unlikely location.

Still, many industry experts, city officials and local economists said Akron's position as the technology center for rubber and polymer manufacturing may have given it an advantage over other locations in the Americas.

 http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2014/09/goodyear_wont_build_plant_in_a.html#incart_river
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Just saw a post on the Old Photos of Cincinnati page on facebook. Someone just purchased the building on Vine that currently houses Smitty's which gives validity to the rumor that's been going around that Smitty's is moving. 13 units.
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Mass Transit / Re: Cincinnati Streetcar News
« Last post by ProkNo5 on Today at 07:20:47 PM »
The reaction to the parking plan in Uptown was pure theater.  Nobody was talking about anything close to reality during that whole little kerfuffle. 

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Mass Transit / Re: Cincinnati Streetcar News
« Last post by John Schneider on Today at 07:09:31 PM »
Maybe some students, their reach extended by the streetcar, will choose to give up their cars and live somewhere along the streetcar line. I doubt we're talking about a huge increase here.
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Mass Transit / Re: Cincinnati Streetcar News
« Last post by natininja on Today at 07:02:30 PM »
I would be concerned however on its ability to be a mechanism to fund future legs: specifically what the parking situation would be around clifton and UC students.

Agreed. The chances for support from UC would be much less if parking fees (in Uptown, paid by students) are planned to fund the streetcar. Just look at what happened to Cranley's plan to raise parking prices and extend hours Uptown.
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City Photos - Ohio / Re: Cleveland - Random Pictures
« Last post by Eridony on Today at 06:58:43 PM »
Mr. Ridles by Eridony, on Flickr
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