Downtown Historic Railway
Ever notice how many old photos of cities have street cars in them? Where are all these street cars now? A few weeks back the Straight had an interesting article about role street cars played in early 20th century urban development. A freind of mine who worked for the city of Seattle explained to me how automobile and oil interests worked very hard to get cities to rip up the tracks and mothball street cars projects in favour of freeways and parking lots.
Well we’ve managed to keep a little piece of functional nostalgia here in Vancouver with an old street car that currently runs between Granville Island and Science World. Its fun in kind of a tourity way. But their website says that there are plans to extend this little train to Enlish Bay, Stanley Park and downtown, through Chinatown. Has anyone else heard of these plans?