Fingers drip with nostalgic glee each time someone old enough to remember Baltimore’s streetcars reminisces for those days longingly in writing.
The knee-jerk reaction is to call this adorable and move on, but the Baltimore Brew makes a convincing case about how resurrecting this city’s streetcar system — or, at the very least, making better use of any remnants of tracks from that system — could be a big step toward mirroring San Francisco’s “smart transit network” in Baltimore’s development of “urban-friendly infrastructure.”
Not to mention there’s a campaign underway to install a streetcar line in Charm City, although placement along North Charles Street might just crowd a thoroughfare amply equipped with a Circulator bus line.
Watch the video from the Baltimore Streetcar Campaign:
Baltimore Brew’s piece leads off juxtaposing San Francisco’s population increase with that city’s own urban revitalization, where better public transit played a role. It would be naive to say a streetcar system would spur the type of population growth in Baltimore the mayor and others would like to see. But more options for public transportation in Baltimore is something the local technology community (and film enthusiasts) would like to see.-30-