Spacernglr posted this info over on ColumbusUnderground.com and I thought it was worth sharing. Good to see the mayor talking up the Streetcar again.
One of my ideas is to build a streetcar in our city. I think connecting the Ohio State University to the Brewery District, and the Arena District to the Discovery District, which is CCAD area and Columbus State, is something I think will add to the value of the city, and will be an element of the quality of life to young professionals finding Columbus as a place they want to stay. And anywhere that streetcar is located, you will see restaurants, retail, offices, and residential, all along the line. It will be the spur and difference-maker for economic development in our downtown, in addition to getting around. So it’s a huge catalyst for vibrancy, a huge catalyst for economic development, and a huge catalyst for just getting folks around…
Now we haven’t decided that we’re going to do it yet, because it’s a finance question. But we are very seriously turning over every stone to figure out how it can be built in this city. And I do not envision a trolley . . . this is a monorail on the ground . . . a very futuristic, contemporary line. We’re going to rename it from a streetcar to something else, and I might ask young folks, “What do you think we should name it?”
The rest of the interview is interesting too, page 19 of the magazine here. (PDF)