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Lunch links: Transportation of our desire edition

Desired: A streetcar article not named Desire: A NYT article about streetcars has prompted blog posts everywhere about the topic. I'm so glad... but can we please move beyond blog posts entitled "A Desire Named Streetcar"?

The actual (film) streetcar named Desire. Photo by Billy V on Flickr.

A streetcar mapper named Matt': Track Twenty-Nine's Matt' created a streetcar map. It's a nice looking map and a good starting point. I'd quibble with a few of the alignments, and we need several lines east of the river. But wherever we put them, we need a streetcar network yesterday (hopefully even half as good as the network of yesterday).

Union Station still being dumb: NBC sent a news crew to interview the bicyclist whose bike was taken by Union Station officials for being "ugly". And, quelle surprise, during the interview a security guard tried to stop the crew from filming, just as they did to Fox in June and despite Congresswoman Norton's browbeating. Via CommuterPageBlog.

Rowhouse parking requirements steering Brooklyn toward havoc: While much of New York City has no parking requirements and the high transit ridership that comes with it, parking requirements in other areas—including new single-family townhouses in Brooklyn—will add one billion more VMT to the city by 2030 and change the pedestrian character of America's most pedestrian-friendly city. Park Slope, Brooklyn, for example, currently has 0.06 off-street spaces per dwelling unit and correspondingly low car ownership.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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Yes please let's ban the words desire and streetcar from ever being in the same sentence ever again. Please!!!!!

by The Overhead Wire on Aug 18, 2008 1:50 pm • linkreport

I would hope, at least, that as streetcars come back into vogue, so to speak, that you'll see less of that aside from references to the Tennessee Williams play.

Who knows, maybe some of these blog authors are trying to drum up interest in said play.

by Adam on Aug 18, 2008 1:57 pm • linkreport

Did you have a link on that Brooklyn parking item? Also, you've got a type "streering".

by FourthandEye on Aug 18, 2008 2:06 pm • linkreport

Typo fixed and link added, thanks.

by David Alpert on Aug 18, 2008 2:09 pm • linkreport

I'm glad the NYT's article got the quote from the real estate developer. Up until now I just couldn't figure how street cars were any different than a bus except they have tracks that can grab your bicycle wheel or bend your rim. Now I know that they are commitment from the city that the bus will always be there, no matter how many people want to ride it.

I can't wait til they lay the track so I'll know where to live. I've always found bus schedules and their routes too confusing.

by Blanche DuBois on Aug 18, 2008 3:18 pm • linkreport

Streetcars would be such a great idea! The map looks pretty good except that like the Metro, it is overlooking that people have a need to use it not only to get from the burbs to the city center ... but also from burb to burb (without being forced to do a burb to downtown and back to a burb route). For example there should be a streetcar going from Friendship Heights to Connecticut Ave. to Silver Spring and so forth.

by Lance on Aug 18, 2008 8:35 pm • linkreport


I'm not sure if you'll read this but I would like to see an expansion of your streetcar idea going deeper into areas such as PG County, Montgomery County, Arlington County, City of Alexandria and even Fairfax County.

Your thoughts?

by Zac on Aug 21, 2008 11:15 pm • linkreport

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