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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Streetcar Named Desire


at 1/17/07, 10:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for reminding us that we are a failing city.

at 1/18/07, 12:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh, that's harsh. Why not call it "Streetcar Named Disaster".

at 1/18/07, 7:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would someone want to take a streetcar from the riverfront to Over-the-Rhine? Oh, probably to buy drugs.

at 1/18/07, 9:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cartoons such as this one only perpetuate the idea that change is impossible.

at 1/18/07, 1:30 PM Anonymous drew said...

Not impossible, Cincinnatians just have a nasty nack for perpetuating their follies by complaining and never taking action. We bust be the least proactive city in America. Why not make a petition? Run for office? DO something?!?

at 1/19/07, 11:16 AM Blogger Uncle Freddie said...

Change impossible? No....

That said, the people of Cincinnati vote in the same tired old hacks into office every year, and hope for change?

Let's be honest. Take a look at the Hamilton County Commissioners. Todd Portune is as wonderful a human being as you will ever meet. I've never met David Pepper, I would assume that he would be a great guy to have a beer with. Pat DeWine, the same.

That said, how can the people of Cincinnati, in all honesty, expect anything to get done in that office, when those same people got absolutely NOTHING accomplished in City Council?

The same people, the same results, over a 30 + year period.

I do find it funny, and sad, that the people clamoring for change vote in the same people who did nothing in their previous jobs in public office.

And folks have the nerve to ask why people like me think that change is impossible? If you keep on doing what you've been doing, you keep on getting what you've been getting.

NOTHING. A pile of dirt, a blue tent for a few months, rampant crime, and two do-nothing groups that WE voted into office.

I still remember fondly taking a Metro bus downtown from Colerain Township with friends, sometimes by myself, in the 1987-1989 years, in my mid teen years, kicking around the stores, McAlpins, Lazarus, and the like, maybe catching a ballgame.

Would you let your 14 year old take the bus/streetcar down there now?

at 11/14/07, 5:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

People need to stop perpetuating the stereotype that all over-the-rhine is good for is crime and drugs. There is a great deal of art and culture to be experienced in Over-the-Rhine as well. Many new developments and businesses have opened and it is home to the most beautiful apartments in the city. I just moved to Cincinnati and the only growing and developing neighborhood that I found that interested me was in the frequently feared part of downtown. The lofts in Over-the-Rhine are beautiful and feature what is probably the most beautiful architecture in the entire city. Many of my neighbors are normal, hardworking, young urban professionals who are trying to help and bring back this historic part of town. And every friend who visits my apartment wants to move into the building too. Prices are affordable, apartments are large and new and the people are friendly! Yes there is crime, but there is a community too and where is it truly crime free?

at 2/22/08, 7:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you to the person who commented positively about OTR below.
Another huge downfall to the city of cincinnati are the large number of pessimistic, conservative "townies" who have lived here their entire lives and have no real concept of how cities throughout the rest of the world function.
A streetcar to them makes no sense because they think the only form of transportation possible is a gas hogging ford explorer. If you are not planning on coming downtown or using the streetcars, just keep your mouths shut and stay in west chester.
OTR has a real potential to turn in to one of the most amazing urban neighborhoods in the country. With its rich history, amazing architecture and proximity to job centers, OTR could be a completely different place in a matter of 5 years or less.
I sincerely hope the newest revised version of the streetcar plan doesn't take OTR out of the loop completely. That would be the biggest mistake this city could make. The streetcars need to offer stops in OTR for the people that live there so they can make it to either their downtown or uptown destinations.
The success of OTR would be virtually guaranteed in my opinion by have a streetcar line pass through and make stops in OTR on its way uptown and downtown.
That neighborhood deserves the chance to be turned around. Its already well on the way. My wife and I can't wait to move in to our new condo there this may.

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