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Thursday, July 28, 2011

What a 10-year transit "dead zone" could mean for Cincinnati

The COAST anti-rail amendment would lock out even preliminary what-if preparations for future rail-based transit for a decade.

Among other effects, that means it would be against the law for the city to take advantage of breakthroughs in technology. We cannot imagine today what game-changing new developments could come along in the next 10 years, but this amendment would guarantee they would have no place in Cincinnati.

Think that's not a big deal? Consider the technology you use today that didn't exist -- or you'd never heard of -- in 2001. Smartphones, YouTube, hybrid and electric cars and the iPod. Not to mention a revolutionary artificial heart, nano-tech fabrics, genetic therapies, new solar and wind power systems, and a thousand other discoveries that made radical differences in almost every corner of the economy.

Do Cincinnati voters really want to make "10 Years Behind the Times" the city's official, charter-level law?

There are plenty of other dangers embedded in this amendment. Look here for what it really means


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What U.S. cities spend LESS on gas than Cincinnati?

New York, Boston, Chicago, even Los Angeles (!) -- all cities with strong public transit systems.

See a large comparison chart here:

(Thanks to 5chw4r7z Blog commenter Ryan for the tip!)

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Do you know what the new charter amendment really means?

If you haven't seen the breakdown already, click the link on the homepage. It's shocking how far this amendment would go to stop progress. It would allow nothing on rails on city rights of way, and no money from any source to be spent on planning and preparation -- for 10 years!

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New Facebook page

We are quickly adding new members to our new Facebook organization page (, but we need everyone to get on over there and click the "like" button. When you do, you will automatically receive updates on the campaign as it heads toward the signature-filing deadline Aug. 10.

The old Cincinnatians for Progress group page will be archived under Facebook's recent policy change, and members of that group will NOT automatically be added to the new page.



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