A Streetcar Named Nostalgia

July 5, 2018 at 10:17 am Leave a comment


There has been much debate over the different forms of transportation that are competing for the limited number of lanes available to get people and goods from one place to another. It’s a virtual battle royal between cars and trucks, motorcycles, buses, light rail, bicycles, scooters, pedestrians… and streetcars. Streetcars? Like the trolley? Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. In an age where transit proponents want to have mass transit available for all, they are pushing for these antiquated lines, that are not flexible and only serve a small portion of the population. They run like light rail, but only run one car at a time, and stop more. So, it’s more inefficient? Why are we investing in something that is inflexible and inefficient? Because it’s trendy! Streetcars were necessary in the early 1900’s. Nostalgia is not the best driver of modern transportation policy. Cities are beginning to put plans into motion to bring these dinosaurs back. Why? We get into it this week.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

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