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David Cole is the owner and administrator of the Metro Cincinnati project. A native of Fort Thomas, David spent several years working for Dattner Architects in New York City, a firm with a strong background in transit and infrastructure design. David is a Master of Architecture student at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

Battle for the Streetcar: A Marathon, not a Sprint

Some people apparently can’t take “no” for an answer. Having seen his pet cause, Issue 9, soundly defeated at the polls last year, local NAACP honcho Chris Smitherman is at it again: The Cincinnati streetcar, the controversial $128 million plan that has traveled a bumpy path from the start, faces more potential rocky spots in […]

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Want Better Public Safety? Then Build the Streetcar

Remember that time Metro Cincinnati exploited the death of a teenager in a horrific car accident to illustrate the need for fewer highways and better public transit? Oh right, you don’t remember that, because it never happened. That hasn’t stopped the usual suspects from exploiting a recent fire in Northside and looming police layoffs to […]

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“Cincinnati’s Incomplete Subway: A Complete History” Now Available

For the past year, Jake Mecklenborg — the owner of Cincinnati-Transit.net and a contributor to UrbanCincy.com — has been poring over long-lost documents in the public library in order to tell the untold story of Cincinnati’s infamous abandoned subway system. Now, the fruits of his efforts are finally available for purchase. Here’s the description from […]

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Portland Lets Cincinnati Borrow their Streetcar for a Weekend

Need some cheering up after this week’s election results? I thought so. Then head to 5th and Walnut tomorrow at 1 PM, where Mayor Mallory will officially introduce Cincinnati to a real live modern streetcar, shipped here from Portland specifically for the occasion. The streetcar will be on public display through Wednesday afternoon. Here is […]

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If You Don’t Vote Today, Don’t Complain Tomorrow

I know I’m probably preaching to the choir, but it’s worth saying anyway: If you haven’t done so already, get out there and vote. This election features a number of races that are crucial for our long-term viability as a region, particularly in regards to mass transit. For Hamilton County Commission, we have Jim Tarbell, […]

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Back to School

This is a quick update to let you know that after many months of anticipation, I’ve finally begun my Master of Architecture degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. I’m currently enrolled in 16 credit hours, and as such, I probably won’t have time to update the Metro Cincinnati […]

Transit 101: Intercity Rail and High-Speed Rail

Transit 101 is an occasional series that will focus on the history and technology of modern-day public transit systems. The current topic is a primer on the various modes of rail transit. Part I: Streetcars and Interurbans Part II: Heavy Rail and Light Rail Part III: Commuter Rail Part IV: Intercity Rail and High-Speed Rail Previous […]

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It’s Official: Streetcar will use Vine Street

With construction of the Cincinnati Streetcar now a near-certainty, debate had shifted to which route the streetcar would take between Over-the-Rhine and Uptown. The two routes in consideration were Vine Street and Clifton Avenue, each of which has its pros and cons. On Tuesday, the City Manager released the following statement: I’m writing to make […]

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Transit 101: Commuter Rail

Transit 101 is an occasional series that will focus on the history and technology of modern-day public transit systems. The current topic is a primer on the various modes of rail transit. Part I: Streetcars and Interurbans Part II: Heavy Rail and Light Rail Part III: Commuter Rail Part IV: Intercity Rail and High-Speed Rail The […]

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TransForum Gala Tonight

Cincinnati TransForum, a collaboration between the University of Cincinnati and the Live Well Collaborative, was founded “to start a dialogue about the future of public, multi-modal transportation in Cincinnati, with a main focus of highlighting the advantages of Light Rail in Cincinnati as a means of connecting communities.” Tonight they are hosting a Cincinnati Transportation […]

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