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by two9seven on 2/11/2012 @ 5:13pm
streetcar line

by Jesse on 2/11/2012 @ 7:28pm
Thanks for sharing!

Hasn't Sound Transit said that there isn't room enough for a streetcar line on 6th?

by fredo on 2/11/2012 @ 8:37pm
It looks like the track didn't have dedicated space and the cars and the streetcars shared the same space.

That place on the left side named "Casey's" was still there in the 1970s when I got here. There was hand painted sign on the windows which said "booths for ladies" in gold leaf.

by tacoma1 on 2/11/2012 @ 10:40pm
No bike lane, no street trees, and no pedestrians populating the sidewalk. Not to mention the big ugly billboard. Nice nostalgic pic, but I don't want Tacoma streets to look like that in the future.

by JesseHillFan on 2/12/2012 @ 1:40am
On the bright side in the early -mid 1950's the numbers of motor vehicles in the United States was about 1/8 of what it is today (about 275 million automobiles,trucks,vans,SUVs,motorcycles now etc) so back then it was at a pretty much environmental, resource sustainable level at that point in history.The numbers of motor vehicles doubled in the 1960's (from the 50's) and doubled again in the 1970's.From what I've read, about 45% of the population had a motor vehicle in the 1960's and today it's around 85% of the population (which is a very bad thing).
Heck I even see 6 year olds riding pocket rocket (Internal Combustion Engine) motorcycles at 20 to 25 mph speeds on city sidewalks (I almost got hit by one just a few days ago.In fact I was just about to open my front gate which would have caused him to crash likely injuring both him,his pocket rocket,my gate and likely my hand and arm ).During the era we were at war during 1941 to 1945 there was also rationing (included gas rationing).

by Nick K. on 2/12/2012 @ 3:43am
Found It!
If you want a look at what Seattle utilized in a practical period trolley system in 1940 (just prior to their scrapping), take a look at this public info film. Check out at about 5:03 (be mindful of the long pause in the video between 5:26-6:53). At the time, when you wanted to catch the trolley, you simply walked into the street and flagged it down.
This film was to hype the fleet of trolley buses (and new infrastructure) that was coming, practically given to the city by Standard Oil, which is today's trolley-bus system.

Rails To Rubber: 1940 Seattle Streetcar & Trolley Bus Film

by tacoma1 on 2/12/2012 @ 9:00am
Interesting video. Flagging down a streetcar in the middle of traffic wouldn't work to well with today's traffic.

by Nick K. on 2/12/2012 @ 9:19am
Yeah, right! Which is, partially, why modern "streetcar" systems and isolated right-of-ways suck and shouldn't be built. But I love streetcars, nonetheless.

by fredo on 2/12/2012 @ 9:23am
1940 Street features:

*fully realized streetcar system
*no "for lease" signs
*no potholes


by JesseHillFan on 2/12/2012 @ 9:29am
Now here is a great model of a city.
www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&...

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