A Streetcar Named… Revival?
Sorry all, another lame title by me! Anyway, check out PP’s shiny new exclusive video.
Did you notice the vintage ads in the old streetcar, I reckon they’re a bit more modest than the stuff Vanessa saw in Portland. And be sure to pay special attention to the fantastic soundtrack, performed by our own very talented Vanessa Kay!
Having long been interested at the sight of those old streetcars that still made a circuit along Vancouver’s Southeast False Creek, trundling along with elegance and poise when seen against the car traffic that rushes past, I thought it would be neat if PP did a feature on it. After all, the old streetcar system has a storied history that’s intimately tied to Vancouver’s development as a city.
The Transit Museum Society’s Peter Finch walks us through this narrative, speaking eloquently about the rise and fall of the streetcar, our experiments with the private automobile, and Vancouver’s cautious first steps back toward using this charming mode of transport.
In a way, and in a nutshell, Peter recounts the history of North American planning.