Speaking of streetcars …

Investing to revive its downtown, Kansas City is spending millions to install a streetcar line.

“Streetcars are catalyst investments that produce real and significant neighborhood revitalization and redevelopment here in Kansas City and elsewhere,” a councilman, Russ Johnson said. “If you do not believe it, your eyes are closed and your ears are shut. The sun rises in the east, the world is round, men walked on the moon and streetcars deliver economic development.”

It would be interesting to see the data that made the councilman so supremely confident that a streetcar line will revive downtown.

Here, courtesy of The Haggin Museum, is another streetcar illustration by the Record’s terrific cartoonist, Ralph Yardley.

 ”Good Water Grove” is now called Oak Park.

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