It’s true that P.G. Sittenfeld doesn’t support the current incarnation of the streetcar project, but he has stopped short of using promises of stopping the project as a campaign talking point, instead suggesting that he will consider such decisions when they’re in front of him — with all the information present. This is a reasonable approach — as politically friendly as it might be — to addressing an issue that has been deemed “controversial” for far too long, and Sittenfeld’s strong progressive credentials elsewhere prove he’s a candidate Cincinnati can trust to make informed and responsible decisions on the go.
Sittenfeld pushed progressive causes as much as any other council member during the past two years. He has backed various development projects and private-public partnerships, and he’s not afraid to promote Cincinnati as a place he truly loves.
When he does speak out against the streetcar, Sittenfeld explains his concerns with pragmatism and candor instead of sensationalism and fear. That kind of constructive communication should be encouraged at every level of government, even if it means sacrificing on one or two policy issues.
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