Complete and Livable Walnut Street

aprilfoolsdtlCheck out this zooomed-in view of the image from Ed’s April 1 post. See the streetcars? There in Walnut Street? Notice that the tracks are out in the middle. That’s not quite how it would be with the 21st Century streetcar which will keep to the right, stopping at a handy little station on the block where there will be a wee ticket dispenser. We will agitate for a mid-block crossing, possibly with embedded, Seattle-style, flashing lights, as part of the refiguring of the block to make it more Complete and Livable. Part of that complete livability should be a nice bicycle lane, don’t you think? And a bench or two? It’s too much to hope for two way traffic. You’ll have to look for that on Fourth Street. Oh, and look at the detail again. Aren’t those hansom cabs in front of the Mercantile Library Building? Nobody wants the manure back, of course, but there’s nothing smarter than a clean hansom cab.

-Nemo Wolfe

Published in: on April 6, 2009 at 11:44 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Great post, Nemo! I love these old shots of streetcars running downtown… reminds me of the stories my relatives tell me of the good ol’ days when that was the selected means of travel around here.

  2. The first phase of the Cincinnati Streetcar connects the Mercantile, the Public Library of Hamilton County, the new School for the Creative and Performing Arts and every other cultural venue in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

    Imagine being able to park your car at Fountain Square, have dinner, jump on the streetcar to Music Hall and arrive at the front door and then return after a concert for a drink downtown.

    Learn more at

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