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Andy, a streetcar, just like a Metro, is a planning tool in addition to a mobility tool. You spend money on streetcars in order to get increased returns from taxes on economic activity. You put lines in where people want to go and spend money or you plan for residences and amenities people will spend money on in the future. 16th Street has no such opportunities for new residences or new amenities. The bus service is already extremely popular. Improve it.

The H St. NE streetcar makes sense because people want to go there AND there are opportunities for further investment. It's a way of saying that the city wants new development there in addition to improving existing mobility.

Georgia Avenue is more like H St. NE than 16th in this respect. There is lots of room for new investment in residences and amenities. The existence of the Metro also makes more sense on Georgia as it will be symbiotic with the streetcar. The streetcar will fill in the distance on Georgia between the Shaw, Petworth, and Silver Spring Metros.

by Cavan on Feb 20, 2013 5:21 pm • linkreport

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