Category: streetcars

A desire named streetcar: Part 3, the charm of idling

26 October, 2012 (09:19) | Boston, Cities, light rail, Portland, Samuel Scheib, streetcars, Theory, TOD, transit |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   In the first age of streetcars, 1875 to 1925, as documented by Samuel L. Scheib in Reason (October, 2012), they revolutionized cities as a form of efficient, clean, cheap urban transport – and in remaking cities, they enabled us to […]

A desire named streetcar: Part 2, the defect of congestion

25 October, 2012 (10:17) | Boston, Cities, light rail, Portland, Samuel Scheib, streetcars, Theory, TOD, transit |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday, using as source material a discursive exposition by Samuel L. Scheib in Reason (October, 2012), we traveled through the birth, apex, and rapid decline of America’s streetcars as urban transport.  Now we enter the modern era, and here the grid networks of America and […]

A desire named streetcar: Part 1, the virtue of speed

24 October, 2012 (15:57) | Boston, Cities, light rail, Portland, Samuel Scheib, streetcars, Theory, TOD, transit |

By:David A. Smith   Usually packed, by the way   Tourists like to idle through a city.      Commuters want to groove through it.     Perhaps that idealization of the perky tourist hub is the reason so many cities have become expensively enamored of streetcars, trolleys, or light rail (pick your expression, they’re […]