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October 30, 2013

$133M Cincinnati streetcar plan causes contention in mayoral race

CINCINNATI — WCPO reported that a planned $133 million streetcar system has been a contentious issue on the campaign trail for Cincinnati’s mayoral and City Council candidates.

John Cranley calls the streetcar a bad investment and wants to cancel the project, while Roxanne Qualls supports the project, saying it will spark redevelopment and add jobs, as similar projects have done in other cities.

Streetcar Project Executive John Deatrick told WCPO that if the city did cancel the project, while it probably wouldn’t have to pay out the entire value of the contracts, it is also unlikely it would recoup all of the funds currently encumbered. For the full story, click here.

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