Did anyone else go to the Streetcar Now presentation at the Drafthouse last night? Curious to hear other people’s thoughts about it.
@Hank, I was there. One good point this that they didn’t spend a lot of time just talking about the streetcar. Instead the presentation centered on the revitalization of Col Pike showing photos of “before” (empty lots, car dealer ugly building) and the “now” (retail stores, mixed housing). And explaining how the streetcar is one piece of revitalizing the Pike.
I found the presentation about the DC streetcar to be very interesting. I had no idea that the DC streetcar will cover 37 miles. The initial 2.2 miles is due in 2014.
Of course (?) the crowd seemed to be supportive of the streetcar. The music was pretty good.
Wow, it will take another year for the 2.2 DC miles to be finished? What, they’ve been building it for 5 years now? Wow, that that rate they might have fusion reactors to power more s treetcars by the time they finish the other 35 miles of it!
He’s against it, especially if they employ drivers who are female, muslim, or hispanic.
Why don’t you call me an antisemite next? What name haven’t you called me?
@NS, gosh, I didn’t know you were a female, muslim, hispanic,gay, lesbian, democrats, and liberal.
@Dezlboy: I really enjoyed the presentation given by the guy from DC Planning. I would have liked to have heard a little more from him and and had some time to digest the data on the slides. I also liked the before and after photos of Columbia Pike. I just moved to the neighborhood a few weeks ago and hadn’t spent much time there ten years ago when the original photos were taken.
Yeah, the band was really decent. As were the assortment of beverages I imbibed.
I thought I heard/read somewhere that the DC streetcar and the Columbia Pike streetcar will eventually meet at some point. Does anyone know if that is true?
@Sunshine: Yeah, that would be awesome. The guy from DC Planning said they were taking suggestions about how to link the two systems. I imagine this would be way down the line. It would be great to put some tracks over Memorial Bridge.
@Hank: I think the presenters were told (just a guess) to hit the high points so that the nite was more fun, and not as ”dry” with information. The before and after photos illustrated the improvements (and those to come) on the Pike very well. As a newbie to the area (two years) I was very impressed.
@Sunshine: If I remember correctly (?) the DC subway presented mentioned that connecting the two lines was a possibility. I got the impression that this option hasn’t been put into the plans as of now.
Thanks for the replies. I think if linking the DC streetcar with the Columbia Pike streetcar was definitely a part of the plan in the future, far more people would be in favor of the project. It would be a nice option to have aside from a bus or a taxi for getting into DC from the Columbia Pike area.
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