"They definitely wrote it to stop all types of rail here. I mean, think about it: streetcars run in the street. The City of Cincinnati owns all of our streets already. Streetcars don't require the purchase of any right-of-way, so it's obviously directed at something else.How soon trolley people forget. The Cincinnati Beacon covered this topic at length back on May 2nd. See their story here. Michael Earl Patton correctly points out that the streetcar can't make the turn from north-bound Elm St. to McMicken St. within the 60' minimum turn radius published in its specifications. Unless of course the buildings in the way are demolished.
On the other hand, light rail and inter-city passenger rail do require the purchase of right-of-way. Both will be killed here because of this Charter Amendment, leaving Cincinnati as the only Top 25 Metro in America besides San Antonio without light rail or streetcars. And San Antonio is planning a modern streetcar.
This will definitely kill the prospects for having passenger rail here. Enjoy your commute."
The Beacon wondered whether the buildings would be acquired for streetcar right-of-way either by purchase, or through eminent domain. City officials have thus far been non-responsive to public records requests on this matter.
But the point remains crystal-clear. Even passenger rail transportation that runs primarily in city streets still requires right-of-way acquisition.
It would be nice if city leaders asked us before they go knocking down even more of our historic buildings in OTR, bringing us closer to the 50% threshold where we lose our historic status. The pro-vote charter amendment requires them to do exactly that.