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The way that the streetcar "pays for itself" isn't through fares. It's through more visitors to the city spending money along the route, and more people choosing to live near the route, spending less money on gas and more at local businesses.
^Those people think they know a lot about business but actually know very little.
^ I think that is a pretty simple minded statement about looking at government from a business perspective. Depending on your perspective, you can see the benefits or lack there of from the Streetcar. If I were a property owner in OTR or area within a 2 block walk from the Streetcar, it is a huge benefit to my business, even without the ridership. However, if I look at it from someone in Bridgetown who works in BLue Ash, it does not do anything for me personally, and I don't want to spend tax dollars on it. From a business perspective, neither party is right or wrong, it is just perspective. With something like the Streetcar, I don't think that answer will be determined for a period of years or decades. It is not as easy of an answer as say Council's mistake to give money to Mohaganey's. However, I think mistakes like that continually add ammunition to Streetcar foes because it provides tangible proof that Council is not a responsible steward of their tax money. I think a lot of this goes back to many of the previous mistakes made by Council with clearly bone headed ideas.
^But the private sector is allowed to take those chances. It is their money to blow. Elected officials have a fiduciary duty, it is not their job to take such risks.
The amount of money the city lost on Mohagany's is less than what Cranley blew on his streetcar crancellation & audit in December 2013. He was pretending to be a fiduciary when really he was being an obstructionist. And that sum was a fraction of the $50 million Cranley blew back in 2003 with the Anthem Demutualization. $50 million from the pension fund found its way into donor's pockets. He laid the groundwork for his 2013 campaign not just with public funds but with pension funds -- and ran on a platform to save the pension fund he helped erode!
Over on John Schneider's facebook page the president of the local firefighters union expressed his desire to block the streetcar tracks as much as possible. This is absolutely insane and we should be blowing up the emails of the Mayor, City Manager and Councilmembers.
Quote from: brian korte on February 15, 2017, 10:22:45 AMOver on John Schneider's facebook page the president of the local firefighters union expressed his desire to block the streetcar tracks as much as possible. This is absolutely insane and we should be blowing up the emails of the Mayor, City Manager and Councilmembers.Not only that, but the president of the local transit workers union was complimenting the police and fire departments on the blockages. That's right, the head of the transit union is in favor of rail transit being blocked.
A brewery and distillery is planned for the large building immediately north of the streetcar's car barn on Henry St. The Findlay Market area continues to build momentum:http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/historic-christian-moerlein-icehouse-new-distillery-and-brewery?sharedToken=fb86b4e0-bd2f-4e29-a243-15cb2ba753ac
trips are usually short enough on the streetcar that I don't see why people want wifi on it. Maybe at the stations? But not on the streetcar itself.
Here's an idea I had for building apartments above the streetcar car barn. The site is actually very large and the short piece of Pleasant St. north of Findlay Market could be used as the entrance to a parking garage ramp. As shown there is space for about 100 cars per level of parking and about 30 apartments averaging 1,000 sq feet could be built on each residential level. Obviously there is more space available per level if the NW corner of the block is used (directly above the streetcar barn entrances) or the notch above the streetcar turnaround loop. Using all of that space would increase the floor plate from approximately 35,000 sq feet to approximately 45,000. So it would be possible to do 100~ traditional apartments on two levels above a single deck of parking, so the whole thing wouldn't be very tall.