Robert MacRae 
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Re: “Big money flowing into the streetcar campaign

We have street trams here in Manchester (UK), the first major British city to bring them back in the 1990s after the tracks were ripped up in favour of cars. It started with only a couple of lines but the network now branches out all across the city. Each new stop means property prices go up and new developments go in (no surprise that real estate companies are contributing to the KC campaign).

Our network takes millions of cars off the roads. It lets people go into town for a night out without worrying about not finding a spot to park the car or having one drink too many (no wonder Boulevard Beers have pitched in a few bucks). Many people are quite happy doing without cars altogether. It's a pleasure to commute with a book in my lap while someone else does the driving.

I have the option to take the bus into work but I take the tram because the bus has a tendency to pull over every 50 yards, the journey is not as smooth and it often gets stuck in traffic. In no way are our trams ugly - they are quite sleek and the electricity supply adds no more clutter to the street than lightpoles and telephone wires.

My folks remember when they could catch the interurban streetcar in Independence KS in the 1940s and zip down to Coffeyville for the day (both towns with about 10,000 people). In many ways public transportation 70-100 years ago was far better so don't get your noses out of joint by 'Victorian' technology.

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Posted by Robert MacRae on 07/31/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “A good nonalcoholic drink is no laughing matter

Cranberry & grapefruit juice is a good combo. As is pineapple and lime.

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Posted by Robert MacRae on 11/21/2013 at 3:46 AM

Re: “Does the city need a new, billion-dollar Kansas City International?

For all the lip service about security and enhancing the customer experience, it's ultimately about squeezing more dollars out of passengers on their way through.

Most airports today are shopping malls with planes parked out back. The reason KCI feels old-fashioned is that it was designed to take you from curb to plane as quickly as possible. I guarantee you the new design will make sure passengers have to walk past as many shops as possible.

My only gripe about the airport is that it's too far out of town. I'd rather see money spent on a light rail system linking the airport with downtown.

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Posted by Robert MacRae on 05/23/2013 at 4:38 AM

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