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First Glimpses from the Portland Streetcar Trip

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2008, at 07:34PM
Portland Streetcar Trip Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The Downtown delegation waits to enter the Portland Streetcar maintenance facility and listen to Executive Director Rick Gustafson.

It was a full day for the more than two dozen members of the Downtown group up in Portland to ride streetcars and hear about how development has blossomed along the streetcar's route. Councilman Jose Huizar led the delegation of Downtowners, most of whom will be visiting Seattle tomorrow before returning to Los Angeles.

While many concrete ideas and possibilities came out of the presentations by those involved in Portland revitalization, the most important outcome was the increased sense of enthusiasm for a Downtown streetcar. Huizar, already a supporter of the concept, came away from his day in Portland even more set on making sure that the Downtown system happened.

I'll post a couple more stories tonight, including quick construction and the encouragement to let the streetcar route push development. For now, though, enjoy a few initial shots from the day...


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