Not only in the United States…

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…do streetcars shape development. From Cities in Full:

Toronto area developers are more attracted to rail routes than to bus routes, according to a transit official: “Our developers tell us we can’t get them to develop an area with private capital along a bus route that could be taken out tomorrow.  They want to see tracks.”

-Belmont, Steve, Cities in Full (Chicago: Planners Press, 2002) p. 243

2 thoughts on “Not only in the United States…

    Randy Simes said:
    February 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    The sense of permanence is a universal selling point. It’s the same reason why many people put a greater emphasis on home-ownership over rental tenants – people like having a sense of permanence in their communities.

    W. K. Lis said:
    February 27, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Interesting that Cincinnati sold 50 streetcars in the 1950’s to Toronto, where they ran for another 30 years. Now Cincinnati is returning to the streetcar, that Toronto is still using, and upgrading.

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