tellyawhat . . . why don't we make the ol' santa maria the new streetcar, and it can run from from one "let's put columbus on the map" failure to another. i'm thinking having it start at ameriflora, and end at the son of heaven exhibit. then we can just have one little area that we can flush ALL of columbus' money down.
I love this idea!
I remember years and years ago talking to Stu Sinn about tearing up high street, planting grass in its place, and then installing a slow-moving tram/escalator system along the olentangy so everyone could see the destruction of our natural environment.
* and don't bleedin' kid yourself, the ONLY businesses that stand to REALLY see some profit from a plan like this is the business of land-owning and developing. the "businesses" that are already on the strip: the stores, coffee houses and mom&pop shoppes are NOT going to see this fabled increase in revenue. in fact, most likely, they'll be replaced for "more profitable" (read: chainstores and/or more f*cking condos) business ventures while their rents increase and their day-today business goes down due to construction and congestion. i owned a retail store right in the heart of this proposed streetcar line for over 3 years (and managed high street stores for the 15 years before that) and i can tell you, the independent business owners in the area aren't looking for a streetcar to save them, in the same way that we weren't looking for the arches to erase our financial woes, either. when they first started sinking millions into the arches, my fellow shopkeeps and i were far more worried about police patrols and general upkeep of the neighborhood than we were about the "landmarks" they were installing. and ALL of our businesses suffered during the construction period, causing many of the shops to close their doors. was the city there to help these businesses? nope, and in many cases, the landlords were excited about the shops closing, because they knew they could use the arches to charge more in rent to the incoming shops. then years later, as they were now sinking more millions into making the arches actually fucking work, we were still concerned far more about sidewalks that were literally falling apart than some damn fancy lights to illuminate the shitty sidewalks. seriously, there are stretches of sidewalk so degraded between buttles and 4th that i have, on many occasion, seen the wheelchair or rascal bound have to roll out into the busy traffic of high st. during the day because their chairs couldn't take the terrain of the sidewalk. that's not only dangerous, but it's heartbreaking as well. but, yaknow, the sidewalks are only there for the people that actually live, work, and pay taxes in the area. this streetcar, that'll be for the tourists, politicians, developers and landlords. and god KNOWS they have the common man's interest at heart!
I never understood why they reworked the sidewalks up in wash beach TWICE in many cases (and still didn't get the ramp parts right. They still get mud and leaves piled up right where the ramp meets the street. Who would/could wheel or even walk thru that?) and still have never touched short north sidewalks.