Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

The last word on the streetcar to bus conspiracy

H-URBAN is an e-list for scholars of urban history (and some interlopers, like me). The current thread on urban transportation in literature and film referenced a 1994 H-URBAN post by Martha Bianco, about the conversion of streetcar systems to buses. It's well worth reading.
Peachtree & Forsyth 1945, Atlanta
Peachtree and Forsyth streets in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, near the end of World War II. The streetcars vanished later during the 1940's, the Paramount Theater marquee (at left) during the 1960's, and the Coke sign during the 1980's. Bill Wilson/Atlanta Journal-Constitution



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