Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
More likely they're afraid that economic revitalization will never occur and you'll end up with vacant street cars circling through OTR because nobody feels safe riding them through those neighborhood.
Which I think is a very fair point and valid concern.
I've taken the #17 and #56 Metro through the heart of OTR dozens and dozens of times over the years when I lived in Clifton and worked downtown - never once had a problem nor did I feel "threatened."
These are not "trolleys" they are enclosed cars that would run along with the Metro service, with fewer stops and quicker travel, and help to eliminate the parking problems inherent for so long in a city lacking mass transit of any kind outside of the small time Metro service.
I was impressed with the way Findlay Market has been cleaned up and the adjacent, free parking lot there now. It's a really neat area, reminded me of a mini Pike's Place Market in Seattle without the dock and the bay.
Also that side of OTR is largely vacant and safe, with a couple of planned breweries/distributorships/distilleries and bars. What a great thing for the breweries to return there again. It won't happen overnight but I commend the people brave enough to get it started.
People on the radio making blanket statements without much, if any, knowledge of the area, shouldn't provide opinions on things they know nothing about. They aren't helping anyone.
I can say the Sheriff patrol sweeps this same group championed (which the lame City Council rejected over $400k this past year I believe) really helped to clean up the area, to the point it's now able to move forward on the west and east sides. You have to actually go down there to see what they're talking about. The potential is really exciting and it should be supported.
Let the chickens and people afraid to take back the city's most distinct and cultured neighborhood stay in the burbs and pay $4 a gallon for gas and $100 a month for parking - who needs 'em. Their way hasn't worked and never will.