Streetcars are just a tool? via @SustainCities #Atlanta #Urbanism

Streetcars are just a tool? via @SustainCities #Atlanta #Urbanism

Earlier this month the Toronto Star published an article talking about the resurgence of streetcars in American cities. According to the Star, 89 cities in the US are currently implementing or at least considering building some form of surface-rail system. But the article also goes on to argue that it could be a snobbish fad. Streetcars are new. They’re shiny. And they make yuppies — who don’t like taking buses — feel better about themselves. But is the ROI really there? Is the economic impact of streetcars as big as people are making it out to be? To support this argument, the Star quoted transportation planner Jarrett Walker, who I’ve mentioned here before on Architect This City. But according to a follow-up post that Walker did on his blog , it would appear that he was misrepresented in the article. Here’s a snippet of his response: Here’s the bottom line. Streetcars ar...

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