I produced this video to honor the person who's invested the most time and passion in bringing the streetcar to Cincinnati, John Schneider. I invited him to give one of his great streetcar presentations to our Cincinnati Rotary Club and created this video to play for his introduction on Dec 3, 2015.
"Mr. Streetcar" has led dozens of Cincinnatians to Portland over the past 15 years to see the kind of progress that is sparked by investment in modern rail. To see it all in person, and have the opportunity to speak to public officials and business owners in a streetcar city like Portland, you return to Cincinnati ready to fight for our streetcar.
Thank you John, for educating me and so manyof my current and former city council colleagues so we could make the right decision for Cincinnati. Go Streetcar. Go CIncinnati.
In case you're wondering about the power of a Mr. Streetcar trip, talk to converts like Lincoln Ware or Simon Leis. They went to Portland as skeptics and came back streetcar champions. Too bad Mr. Streetcar didn't drag my good buddy Bill Cunningham on one of the trips... he''ll see. And I have a bet with him!
Cincinnati Rotary Club is looking for great volunteers worthy of the Jefferson Award, the Nobel Prize for Public Service. Nominate someone by clicking here or getting the application at www.CincinnatiRotary.org. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 23, 2015 and the lunchtime award ceremony at the Hilton will Thursday, March 26, 2015.
The City and Messer Construction asked me to document the construction of the city's first LEED Platinum building, the first to have deep community involvement into design and public art. In one year, it may also be the first Net Zero police station in the country! That means, it'll be off the grid. The energy saving design includes more than 1000 solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling.
It's beautiful and the community involvement on this project is a model for the future.
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