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  •  Little Rock has a system of their own (3+ / 0-)

    They use replica streetcars; I've been in Little Rock twice now, but never got time to ride one.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 08:58:33 PM PDT

    •  And New Orleans (5+ / 0-)
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      Cartoon Peril, ozsea1, xaxnar, sfbob, foolrex

      The Big Easy has the classic St Charles Avenue line, the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in America and a National Historic Landmark, a newer line along the Riverfront, and a long, newer still line along Canal Street.

      Recently it got federal funding for another line to Union Passenger Terminal, and planning is far advanced to extend that line along the edge of the French Quarter, restoring part of the route of the famous "streetcar named Desire."

      The New Orleans ancient and replica cars make the system look like a tourist attraction, and it is that. But it is also heavily used by the citizens, students, the elderly, and the poor. N'awlins is a dense city where it is possible -- and the streetcar system makes it much easier -- to live with only one car, or no car, in each household.

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