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The History And Future Of Cincinnati's Abandoned Subway Tunnels

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A hundred years ago, the residents of Cincinnati voted to begin work on a subway system to ease downtown traffic. But after 6 miles of infrastructure and 2.2 miles of underground tunnels were completed, the project came to a halt.

It was dropped due to accumulating costs and political contention, and the set of tunnels left unfinished is the largest of those abandoned in the United States.

Here to talk about the history of this unused subway system and its potential future are author of the book ?Cincinnati?'s Incomplete Subway: The Complete History,? Jake Mecklenborg, and Director of Leadership Cincinnati and Leadership Action with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and historian with Applied History Associates, Dan Hurley.

Maryanne Zeleznik is responsible for all news and public affairs programming at WVXU. She also hosts Morning Edition Monday through Friday.