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Why can't we just decorate a bus and paint a stripe down the street to designate the streetcar route instead of spending $100 million?

We could do that, and we might get a small transportation benefit from doing so. But we'd be missing the big picture – the economic development that results from a permanent improvement to the public realm. People aren’t dumb. They know that a bus line can be here today and gone tomorrow. It’s seems counter-intuitive, but it is the permanence of a transportation system that creates value, not its flexibility. What would happen if the Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky International Airport simply picked up and moved? Wouldn’t that cause a huge loss of value for all the businesses that have invested near there? Don’t you think home values would fall dramatically in Mariemont if Columbia Parkway suddenly went away? How valuable would your house be if your street could be moved at any time?

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