From Relic to Revolutionary: Streetcars Revitalize City Transit

October 14, 2012  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

By Christina Hernandez Sherwood  A clean alternative to cars The revitalization of Portland, Ore.’s Pearl District, where empty warehouses were replaced with art galleries and abandoned rail yards gave way to multi-family housing, truly began for some when a streetcar line opened there in 2001. As the streetcar shuttled passengers around the once-decrepit neighborhood, it also swept billions of dollars of investments into the revived community.

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