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Re: “A defense of the trolley

A well-written article. It's understandable that the public looks at government spending much closer during tough economic times. Sure, a few million could easily be spent to help very important social or educational programs in other parts of the city but we need to think even longer term. Beautification projects, pedestrian bridges, museums, libraries, and a real trolley set Little Rock and North Little Rock apart from the rest of the nation. You can't measure the economic impact of these projects but they do exist. Businesses start up and relocate based on what I would call the "Hip Factor". Is a particular town a cool place to live? This area has a strong Hip Factor for its population size. Once you increase the business base (proffesional, manufacturing, etc) the tax base grows, jobs are created and many of the social and educational programs badly needed are funded -and- the folks that are the graduates of these programs stand a much better chance of finding a job. Bottom Line: Many cities converted buses to look like a trolley, residents and tourists find this laughable. Many cities added sidewalks and call themselves pedestrian friendly. This area has the real-deal.

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Posted by Jason Havel on 07/25/2012 at 7:13 AM

 

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