Actually, Walker posted a number of links about the benefits of improved transportation options and rail systems. And I'm not saying we should vote for it. I actually disagree that the public needs to vote on every-damn-thing.
I think there are things that are public good, that do not take away from the rights of others, that improves cities. This is one of those things.
You can disagree with that, and obviously do, but a vote from 13 years ago hardly stands has public opinion now. Cincinnati - their city council voted the streetcar project in in 2008, after a study was done. It was put to a vote twice, in 2009 & 2011 - and people vote *for* it both times. How much taxpayer money was wasted, both in delaying the project & going thru the voting process? Millions.
The voters are supporting the "Banks" project in Cincinnati. Companies like Western & Southern gave gifts in the 6 figures. Why is it working, because it is a mix of public and private funds at work. And there is a huge benefit in developing their riverfront. It's a destination to go to. And no offense, Columbus is no Cincinnati.
You want voters just to roll over and pay for a project that even the top politicians in this city, whether Republican or Democrat, agree that it's a failure and dead horse. If the D'Town to Polaris route (which made the most sense and I supported that one) failed, name one route in this city that would come close to breaking even. I'm talking light rail, not street cars or any other dodges you guys have. Streetcars aren't light rail.
If the people were so concerned about growth, development, yadda, yadda, yadds, and all, they would have put the casino D'Town in the Arena District, where it made common sense. Not clear out near London. But, the neighborhood around complained, and Democracy happened. And millions will flow to the far west side, and spur more developments of dollar stores and white castles.
COTA "improved" their routes, and still doesn't go to a lot of major employment centers. So, since Ohio has a surplus, let's use the money to find out why some clouds are puffier than others. At least throwing money away like that will at least help Ben Gelber.