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@ David C....I saw the map last night and thought, "Cool, this streetcar will go half a block from my house" (the 8th Street SE line). You'd have been surprised, as I was, to hear Councilmember "Liveable, Walkable" Wells start his remarks by saying, "I am strongly for this, but not on 8th Street." Why? Because he thinks residents on 8th Street SE won't want it. I think, like you, David C., that they'd love it, especially if it meant the 90 and 92 busses disappeared.

Wells and others did make a very good point for re-routing the 8th Street line far to the east of what's proposed here, close to the Reservation 13 development near RFK, because that Hill East neighborhood is more in need of the economic development this line would attract than what the Barrack's Row-Eastern Market-H Street NE corridor needs.

But selfishly, I'd much rather have this magic carpet ride near my doorstep. I look at this and think, "The whole city is instantly accessible now."

by Trulee Pist on Oct 23, 2009 4:27 pm • linkreport

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