- When the city of Kenosha lost the auto plant that employed thousands, the a bruised community in southern Wisconsin plucked something unexpected from its pre-automobile past to help reinvent the city and fill its depressed downtown with life. They brought back their street cars, sending brightly colored antique trolleys creeping along a two-mile loop around the city and along the lake Michigan shore.
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Jason Keyser, Associated Press
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In this Sept. 28, 2013 photo, Johnathan Sainski, 2, of Wheatland, Wis., points out his favorite streetcar to his grandmother Anna Sainski, of Bristol, Wis., during Kenosha Streetcar Day outside the Joseph McCarthy Transit Center in Kenosha, Wis. From left are the Johnstown (Kenosha), Southeastern Pennsylvania, Cincinnati and the Pittsburgh streetcars. (AP Photo - Michael Schmidt)
November 12, 2013 | When the auto plant here closed, this prosperous Wisconsin port city on Lake Michigan lost more than just its largest employer. Its sense of vitality seemed to drain away, and city leaders set out to find something that would inject life into the brick-storefront downtown while the economy went through a transition.
What they came up with was obsolete: an electric streetcar. Kenosha decided to bring back a relic that once clattered around metropolitan areas in pre-war America but was abandoned on the march to modernity.
3 Years Of Gulf Oil Spill Photos Show Ongoing Impact, James Gerken, Huffington Post
Minneapolis streetcar plan moves forward, Alexa Billadeau,The Minnesota Daily
September 26, 2013 | A Minneapolis City Council committee voted in favor of a $200 million, 3.4 mile-long streetcar line Tuesday.
The city’s Transportation and Public Works Committee voted Tuesday to build a “starter” streetcar line to improve transit along Nicollet and Central Avenues, instead of using enhanced bus service.