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Streetcar project has new leader

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The man behind Cincinnati's popular Banks development along the riverfront is officially moving on to something a little more challenging.

John Deatrick is taking over the Cincinnati Streetcar as the project executive. Challenging because the project and its funding remain hot-button issues.

Deatrick says he believes Cincinnati needs to repopulate its urban core, not only with people but also goods and services.

"The only way you can get that is giving people another alternative besides other than privately owned vehicles because you just can't get enough parking spaces created to get that kind of critical density," he says.

While you may not know his name, you certainly know his work. Besides the Banks, Deatrick is the man behind the Fort Washington Way reconstruction. 

Interviews begin soon to choose his successor at the Banks. A hiring announcement could come in August.