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  •  It did go pretty fast when it went along (7+ / 0-)

    the interstate.  

    Baltimore was once known for its streetcars, but they got rid of them after the war, like most other cities did.  They are building lines now in DC, which also got rid of streetcars after the war, in Anacostia and along H Street North East.  

    When I was a little boy, my dream was to be a streetcar conductor when I grew up, for the number 19 streetcar that ran past our apartment in Baltimore.  Fortunately, I found other work to do.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 05:36:20 PM PDT

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    •  Come back to Portland, maybe you'll get your dream (4+ / 0-)


      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 05:38:06 PM PDT

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    •  I'm old enough to remember the streetcar lines (2+ / 0-)

      that ran down the (now grassy) median strip of Dundalk Avenue in southeastern Baltimore--at least the stop at Dundalk and Holabird.

      I thought I recognized those Portland cars! I've taken many a trip around Prague in the Skoda rolling stock (along with many more in less advanced types). I think that Baltimore City is committed to using the current light-rail cars on the east-west line they've been talking about for years, otherwised I'd love to see them buy these & ride them right here in the US.

      snarcolepsy, n: a condition in which the sufferer responds to any comment with a smartass comeback.

      by Uncle Cosmo on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 09:55:58 AM PDT

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      •  When I was very very young (4+ / 0-)

        My family lived in Aberdeen for a couple of years. Aberdeen's now a suburb of Baltimore, but back then there was no I-95 and it was a 90-minute drive to downtown Baltimore.

        One of my earliest memories is of a trip to Baltimore which was taken because my younger sister (born in Havre de Grace) needed to have eye surgery done at Johns Hopkins. Mom waited in the hospital; Dad was stuck entertaining me. I saw the streetcars running (on what line I don't know; I was only about four years old at the time but it was a major thoroughfare) and I REALLY wanted to take a ride in one. I didn't get my wish. Joyriding was not my dad's thing. It was mine; as a teenager my friends and I would pick a subway line in New York and ride it just so we could say we had.

      •  Old days in Pittsburgh, Boston (0+ / 0-)

        As a child I used to ride the streetcars (in Pittsburghese that's "stree-cars") from Dormont on the southwest suburbs to Oakland on the east side of Downtown ("dahntahn") for dancing lessons two or three days a week. It was a quarter each way and no one ever had any problem with an elementary school age kid riding alone across the city. The city had an extensive streetcar system that took you almost anywhere you wanted to go in the city with minimum fuss.

        In Boston in the 60s and 70s, the subway, buses, trolleys and trains were all well networked and connected. You could step off a subway and onto a trolley and be on your way with very little waiting. Even now the Boston airport is still very well served by public transit (subway, bus or train) even to many outer suburbs.

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