WLW's Bill Cunningham and I have debated the Cincinnati Streetcar for years. If you listen to "the big one" you've heard him trash talk me for championing this modern rail project, which my research shows will transform our city. Cunningham calls the "trolley" a waste of money. So, we made a bet, more than 2 years ago. The bet is that 6 months after Cincinnati Streetcar is open, it will be clear one way or another that the project is a success or a failure.
I was on his show recently, and we decided our decision day is Monday, January 9, 2017. He and I will ride the streetcar together at 3:30 pm to see if it's deserted or has riders, and more importantly, review the data. For example, did we exceed or fall below the daily ridership projection of 3000 people/day...
It's disappointing Cincinnati is not tracking development along the streetcar line, like other cities have done, to learn what percentage of new private investment downtown and in OTR is directly attributable to Cincinnati Streetcar. If I were still on council, we'd be doing that, I assure you.
So, join me and siilly Willie Cunningham on Cincinnati Streetcar Monday, January 9, 2017 at 3:30. Bring your cameras, please! Let's record the moment Willie eats crow and admits Cincinnati Streetcar is a success.
Loser buys the winner dinner.
On Cincinnati Streetcar opening day, the most appreciated person was rail transit advocate John Schneider. Watch this video I produced to honor his contribution.
LQ Consulting has documented construction of the city's first LEED Platinum building. Another first for the City with this project was including citizens in site selection, design and public art. In July 2016, we find out if Cincinnati can claim bragging rights for having the first Net Zero police station in the country! It takes a year of utiity bills to prove it. District 3 has 1200 solar panels on the roof and geothermal heating and cooling underground, but the police are most thrilled with the secure parking, big lockers and workout room. The new District 3 is the shining example of how Cincinnati should construct ALL city buildings in the future. Watch and see what I mean.
Laure Quinlivan's Streetcar Report from Laure Quinlivan on Vimeo. I was a streetcar champion long before it was cool, or safe. My streetcar support may be the main reason I was defeated in 2013, but I would not change a thing about advocating for it. Now we need people on council who believe it should also go Uptown to the UC area, and to other neighborhoods. The planning is already overdue.
Fox 19 - Quinlivan unveils new Mobile Produce Zones, urban gardens
ENQUIRER ENDORSES QUINLIVAN FOR COUNCIL IN 2013
CityBeat Endorses Quinlivan, 2013
PLEASANT RIDGE AWARDS CM LAURE QUINLIVAN A "RIDGEE AWARD", CINCINNATI HERALD STORY Oct. 2013