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Sunday, July 19, 2009

The differences are striking

On Saturday I pointed out some differences between where Seattle and Cincinnati are in terms of building their cities to be attractive to the next generation workforce. The differences are just so striking today.

In the Cincinnati Enquirer, the editorial staff ran a piece outlining why they think the Cincinnati Streetcar is too bold of a plan. One that isn't necessarily a bad plan, but one too big for Cincinnatians to undertake during an economy such as this.

At the same time, the Seattle Times has been celebrating the opening of Seattle's new light rail system. You'll notice many people wearing bright green uniforms/shirts that nearly 70,000 people wore to Qwest Field on their way to the Seattle Sounders FC vs. Chelsea FC soccer match.


Ronny Salerno said...

Cool with the light rail, bleh to the soccer.

It's a shame our Transit Center is underutilized, while Seattle's finally was brought to fruition.

Didn't the Eastern Corridor rail project receive stimulus dollars?

Stephen Dronen said...

I've never read such disastrous logic. They claim that since construction won't begin until 2012 and the economy will be in recovery by then, then this is not the right timing. That's crazy. Sound competitive strategy is to invest like hell in a recession and then come out with a fury when things turn. A 2012 construction would be perfect timing to take advantage of all the companies that should be recovering and looking to invest. Or we could do what the Enquirer says, and let that unprecedentedly opportunity just pass us by.

Jeff said...

The soccer video was just odd.

It was really dorky. Seattle is the birthplace of grunge (cynical rock).

What would Kurt Cobain think?

Jason said...

To Stephen: The funny thing is that the enquirer doesn't even have their facts right with that 2012 start date. The proposed 1st phase loop around downtown and OTR will be completed BEFORE 2012 if funding comes through. So, as much of the opposition in this town goes, they are using backwards logic and not even doing their homework before shooting the idea down.
I agree with your commentary though...By 2012 the economy should be back up and we need to emerge stronger than before by investing in competitive projects NOW!

Nati Change Cmdr. said...

The question is how much of this will goto the African American community? the economics of the rail line doesn't work out if other development doesn't happen. We didn't fight over the past decade for new "settlers" to reap the benfits.

Development for the people in place and or no development.

Unknown said...

If we all followed the Enquirer's logic, we'd all be living in West Chester or Mason, and our vice president would be Sarah Palin... or would it?

5chw4r7z said...


Ok, now I'm scared, if its not bold, its not forward thinking enough.

David Ben said...

Nati Change Cdr. -

None of this will "go to" the black community, just as none of it will "go to" the white community. Those benefitting most will be the businesses with enough foresight will invest in property that will directly benefit from transit development. Those already in that prime location stand to gain quite a bit from the increassed ability of consumers to get there. Residents all over the region will stand to gain by having increased access to a number of jobs, which will grow as the result of transit development.

I really don't see how this is a "black" or "white" issue. Please explain.

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