Saturday, May 8, 2010

Video of Washington, D.C.'s new streetcar

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It's strange that the overhead contact wires are so controversial. Tram opponents argue that they will ruin the viewscape of the city, and indeed DC's original trolley system collected power with a scoop from a trench. But overhead wires aside, I think there's a legitimate argument that the streetcar will still have a decluttering effect on the streetscape by way of taking cars off the congested city streets. Like they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.