Everyone interested in the development of Downtown is excited about the possibility of a streetcar line that will lure restaurants and businesses to Downtown; also tourists, partying students, and folks from the Foothills.
The motto “build it and they will come” rings bell-like in every ear.
Now here’s a strange and wonderful thing…the lure is actually working. New restaurants and apartments are popping up all along the partially completed trolley tracks. Student housing with its own beer hall promises to provide merrymakers who will lend life and vitality to what has been, for longer than we care to mention, a nighttime atmosphere as lively as an undiscovered tomb.
And all without a real trolley.
Our virtual trolley is like the atom bomb, you don’t actually have to build one…the threat that you might is enough. Cheaper and more efficient, too.
Tucson’s virtual trolley project has achieved some useful goals. Underground water and sewer mains have been improved; development goals have been realized; jobs have been provided to workers who supervise the progress not being made on time up at factory that has never made a streetcar before.
Eventually, and long before any trollies are running on them, the tracks will be finished and the streets and sidewalks easy to stroll along without construction barriers.
Tucsonans love their virtual streetcars. The idea of a streetcar line that someday other people will use… leaving them traffic-free streets and ample parking to enjoy is thrilling.
Sometime in 2014 virtual is scheduled to become real. Unless the weekends are free you’ll always be able to get a seat.