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History of Twin Cities Streetcars: Fantastic Video!

November 24, 2008

A couple months ago, I chatted with my great-aunt about her years at the University of Minnesota. She and her friends used streetcars to get around the Twin Cities, and she remembered how those lines criss crossed the entire metro area.

The Minnesota Historical Society recently released a great YouTube video on the history of streetcars in the Twin Cities. At its height, the system was believed to be one of the best in the country. It's said that nobody in Minneapolis lived more than a quarter mile from a streetcar station.

The final Twin Cities streetcar was destroyed in 1954, and it's destruction may be the saddest transit image I've ever seen.

Still, there are efforts today to bring streetcars back to the Twin Cities. Check out the Midtown Greenway Coalition and Steve Berg's MinnPost piece on Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's efforts to bring streetcars back to the Twin Cities.  

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