Cincinnati Salon debuts tonight

Join me and a bunch of others at Jackie Danicki‘s place in downtown Cincinnati for the first-ever Cincinnati Salon. Tonight’s guest speaker is Antoine Clarke, former communications specialist and strategist for Transport for London, London’s version of our SORTA (the Southwest Regional Transit Authority, the folks around here who operate the Metro public bus system).

The salon will focus on streetcars and the trials and tribulations of implementing such a system, their effectiveness, benefits, pitfalls, promises and whatever else comes up. A streetcar system has been proposed for downtown Cincinnati, the impetus for tonight’s conversation.

It’s free. So, come by for what proves to be a lively conversation and friendly discussion about an important aspect of Cincinnati’s future: How the hell are we going to get around when the Interstates officially and completely clog up at 4:59 every afternoon. It’s here, more is coming and it’s only going to get worse. Let’s work to better understand this important issue.

For more information visit the Cincinnati Salon Web site. Hope to see you tonight. We’ll also be announcing next month’s topic and speaker.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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