Some shots taken around the Over-the-Rhine and Pendleton neighborhoods of Cincinnati between July 3rd and 9th.
Cincinnati Streetcar construction continued at a fast pace throughout the second quarter of 2014. Nearly all of the track in Over-the-Rhine is complete, except for major intersection at 12th and Race (a.k.a. Washington Park Junction) and the special track work near the Maintenance and Operations Facility (MOF). Several of the streetcar stops in Over-the-Rhine are nearing completion, and new traffic signals are being installed to make way for the overhead contact system (OCS) wire that will power the streetcar.
Despite a brutally cold winter, significant progress was made on the construction of the Cincinnati Streetcar system. All of the straight track on Elm and Race Streets in Over-the-Rhine is now complete. Work has also begun on the short stretch of track on Central Parkway, the border between Over-the-Rhine and the Central Business District. Crews will soon begin to work on the “special” track work, including the curve from Race Street to Central Parkway. Work is also underway on two of the streetcar stops on Elm Street.
Soapbox covers the growth of craft breweries in Cincinnati:
“Knowing what I know now, I certainly would have done things a little bit different,” says [MadTree] owner Brady Duncan. “In our original business plan estimates, we underestimated it so much that our monthly estimate is now like an average Saturday night.” [...]
“We’re only in our eighth month, and we’re brewing right now at the rate we thought we’d be brewing about three and half to four years into the business,” says Rhinegeist co-founder Bob Bonder.
In Cincinnati’s election of November 2013, an anti-streetcar mayor and several new anti-streetcar city council members were victorious. Construction of the streetcar was “paused” when when the new administration took office in early December. However, after looking at the costs of canceling the already under-construction streetcar, City Council voted 6-3 to resume construction, and that occurred on December 26.
The following photos show how much progress construction crews made during those two months, while supporters of the streetcar were organizing and making progress on the political side of the project.