It's no secret that Emilio Estevez loves the Queen City, so much so, in fact, that he bought a home in Over-the-Rhine several years ago.
His love for Cincinnati expands beyond his familial connections — his mother was born here and his dad was born in Dayton — he also shares a deep love for the attributes that make this city so unique, as well as its opportunities when it comes to filmmaking.
And as a member and champion of this community, Estevez recently used his voice, via a letter, to reach out to Mayor John Cranley and Cincinnati City Council to express why reopening the Cincinnati Streetcar to passengers is so crucial.
The streetcar closed to the public in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and according a Facebook post by the Cincinnati Streetcar — which shared Estevez's letter — the proposed budget suggests spending $2.9 million to run the transit option, but would not allow passengers on board.
In Estevez's letter, he presents his stance on the move to reopen the streetcar by highlighting his role as a resident and his role as a filmmaker.
"As a filmmaker, I chose to highlight public transportation in my movie 'The Public,' in fact getting permission to film on the streetcar as it traveled down Walnut Street. I believed it was important for those unfamiliar with how vibrant and upscale Cincy has begun to look and feel over the years, to see this sleek, modern piece of public transportation and that it may serve as an example of how city leaders are reimagining our urban landscape," he says in the letter.
He also notes the practicality of reopening the streetcar in our current environmental and economic climates.
"As much as I love to walk, it's getting hot now, and I know that I speak for many of the OTR residents who would like to get on the streetcar and ride to Findlay Market and other businesses that can use all of our help to get back on their feet during this pandemic," he concludes.
If you'd like to voice your thoughts on the matter, you can ask city council to consider reopening the streetcar to passengers by filling out this form.
See Estevez's full letter below.