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Downtown Delegation Heads North to Ride Streetcars

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at 04:30PM
Streetcar in the Pearl Phillip J. Salzman [Flickr]

A Portland streetcar in the Pearl District.

Councilman Jose Huizar leads a trip to the Pacific Northwest this week, as a delegation of approximately two dozen head to Portland and Seattle to ride streetcars and learn how a similar system could work here in Downtown.

The two-day trip is to help those involved in the Downtown streetcar efforts get a feel for modern streetcar systems in advance of a May 22 conference on streetcars to be held at the Los Angeles Theatre. Attendees will be in Portland on Thursday and Seattle on Friday.

Those going on the trip include representatives from CD14, three city departments, several Business Improvement Districts, several Downtown property owners and, well, me.

A large part of Thursday's Portland itinerary was arranged by Homer Williams. Williams was heavily involved in Portland development before turning some of his attentions toward L.A. with the South Group. Six different stops and presentations are featured on the Thursday agenda.

Friday the group hops on a different kind of train, taking the morning Amtrak from Portland to Seattle. Seattle's South Lake Union line opened in December.

Keep an eye on blogdowntown and on the blogdowntown twitter feed for updates from the northwest.


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