Since then all sorts of blue-sky claims have been made about the streetcar. Reading some local blogs, you'd think the only thing standing in the way of world peace and curing cancer, is lack of a trolley. But the most outlandish of these claims is that streetcars are somehow an investment in public safety.
"The benefits for the rest of the city will be considerable. A cleaner, safer Over-the-Rhine..."Moreover, the City Council majority seems to have embraced the magical crime fighting powers of streetcars over the more conventional cop solution. The two biggest issues facing this council during this election season are police layoffs and trolleys. Here's a summary of their public postions on each:
-CAAST Blog, Why go through Over-The Rhine?
"The streetcar will attract more residents, transport over a million people a year through the neighborhood, and increase the number of eyes on the street, further reducing crime."
-CincyStreetcar Blog, Over-the-Rhine and the Streetcar
"The streetcar will cause less car use and will promote a dense, walkable neighborhood. Buildings will be more vertical, and there will be more customers for street-level merchants. And the streets will be safer."
-John Schneider comment on CityKin, Findlay Market Needs Streetcar
"How do you explain to the common Joe, in a soundbyte, economic development, perceived permanence, crime reduction through occupancy,..."
-Quimbob, Blogging isn't Cool
Perhaps we should nickname our first streetcar "Shadow-hare." Or maybe it's time we bypass our hopelessly out-of-touch council and cast our ballots directly. Enact the pro-vote charter amendment.