Public officials and residents who support the Cincinnati streetcar project gathered in front of Music Hall on Elm Street Tuesday as the first pieces of track were put into place. The unloading and installation will continue many times for the next 2 years.
Mayor Mark Mallory said it's a big deal.
"This project has come a long way, we've had a lot of obstacles, we've had some crazy opposition," Mallory said. "But this is the project that will not stop."
Another airline is coming to CVG. Allegiant says it will begin nonstop jet service from the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky international airport to the Orlando/Sanford and Ft. Meyers/Punta Gorda airports starting in February.
Allegiant's Brian Davis says it aims to keep prices low and maybe encourage other airlines to drop rates as well.
"This is rated as one of the top highest fare communities in the country," says Davis. "This is historically within the top three. We believe that there's a huge opportunity for an airline like Allegiant to come in and drive down fares."
Mercy Health West Hospital will open this fall in Green Township. When plans for the hospital were announced, some residents voiced their opposition. It was a classic NIMBY fight.
In Greater Cincinnati and in every other community, there is a history of neighbors questioning or opposing projects they might support in general, but “not in my backyard”. Often the concerns raised by neighbors lead to compromises that can be advantageous for all concerned.
Update: Construction crews will soon begin work on a new police headquarters for Cincinnati's District Three. Officials and residents gathered Monday for a ground breaking at the location on Ferguson Road near Glenway. It will replace the current facility that was built in 1908. New police chief Jeffrey Blackwell said it will be good for the department. The $15 million project is expected to be completed in the spring 2015.