While a member of Cincinnati City Council and Partner in the City Lights Development company, John Cranley found time to sponsor a motion, along with his right hand woman Laketa Cole, to support building the Streetcar. He later voted in favor of said motion.
I hope you aren't shocked, but he did and then he flip-flopped.
Yes, this is the same John Cranley out bad mouthing the progress Cincinnati is making. He changed his tune on the Streetcar the second he decided to run for Mayor of Cincinnati. He changed his position because he knew then, as he knows now, that the only way he can win is if he gets ALL of the GOP support. The GOP is dead set against development in OTR and the Urban Core of the City, so John's got to dump progress in favor of a chance to win. The GOP and the Tea Party are deadset against urban development in general, they see Suburban/Exurban expansion as the only future. Anyone with any foresight can see that model as the past and the cause of many of our current economic and environmental problems. America and Cincinnati in particular, would have continued to grow as a metro-area in a far greater manner if we had not fell into the trance of the suburban sprawl barons over the last 50+ years.
Cranley's attacks on the streecar have rested mostly on the operating budget. He doesn't think we can afford the approximately three million dollar a year price tag. Where was his concern for that five years ago? At that point, he was more concerned about how we spent TIF money. I wonder why??? Is it possible that he didn't want TIF money used for public projects over private development deals? He couldn't stand for that precedent, could he? If Cranley had a concern about the operating cost he should have voted against the plan back then, but he didn't. He will say what ever it takes to get elected, no matter who how many times he lies or flip-flops on an issue.