Tuesday, March 13, 2007


YP Sounding Session - Street Cars

So, you've read what I have to say, now head out to a YP Sounding Session by YP Wired and see what the real experts have to say.

THe First 100 people to register for each of two sessions Mar. 20 and 21st will get a seat:
Click here to register online

YP Sounding Sessions

Let your thoughts be heard on the downtown streetcar initiative!

Mayor Mark Mallory, City Councilmembers, City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering, and GO Cincinnati, a diverse, multi-talented public-private commission formed to lead a comprehensive economic growth strategy for the City of Cincinnati, have all identified streetcar transit as a potential tool for improving local circulation, complementing other components of the local and regional transportation system, and supporting sustainable revitalization of urban neighborhoods. Based upon ongoing and continuing successes realized in other communities, the City of Cincinnati is taking a proactive approach in determining the feasibility of implementing a streetcar system within the central business district and immediately surrounding areas. To this end, the City has engaged HDR Engineering, Inc. (HDR), with additional support from Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), to complete the Cincinnati Streetcar Feasibility Study.

The purpose of this initial feasibility study is to identify and evaluate a set of potential streetcar transit corridors and technologies, assess major engineering impacts related to traffic, parking and utilities, estimate transportation and economic development benefits, develop preliminary capital and operating cost estimates and identify a set of financing and implementation options. In general terms, the outcome of this feasibility study will be to validate and document whether the streetcar initiative should proceed beyond this initial study phase to the preliminary engineering and final design phases.

The Sounding Sessions will be hosted on the following date at a downtown location:
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The first 100 people will be registered due to limited space. Registrants will receive a confirmation e-mail with the time and location of the session.
Click here to register online

Monday, March 12, 2007


Public Transit Works and it's for the Masses

USA Today is reporting today that mass transit ridership nationwide is up 2.9% in 2006, and 4% in the 4th quarter (even as gas prices are lower in 4Q 2006 than in 4Q 2005).

That now puts the transit ridership rate at a level not seen since the late 1950's with over 10 BILLION trips in 2006. It's great news, and it shows that as mass transit systems are improved and expanded, ridership increases along with it.

Jump on board Cincinnati...


Sunday, March 11, 2007


Fountain Square Floral Carpet

I spoke about this when it was unofficially announced in late Januray - http://thenati.blogspot.com/2007/01/busy-fountain-square.html.

It's now official, and P&G will step in to provide the funding. It should be great for the square in drawing some folks down to take a peak. It's great that it coincides with the Zoos annual zoobloom event, as well as the Flower show down at Coney... should be great to market them all together... but I'm hoping the chamber doesn't label it flower fusion... I'm done with 'fusion' titles, time for something new :)

It's also very cool that they will let people come and snag some of the flowers to plant at your own home....

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