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What would a streetcar mean to Providence?

Kansas City beat out Providence this year for a federal grant to help build a streetcar line in that city.  See what that news has already meant for KC

streetcar1When selecting a parking lot along the Kansas City streetcar line as the site for a 50-unit, five-story apartment building, Boulder-based developer Linden Street Partners was clear: “The streetcar is the big thing that drew us, absolutely,” the company’s Scott Richardson told the Kansas City Star. “We like the demographics and the economic trends. I walked the area and liked the site.”

Kansas City hasn’t even begun construction yet on the 2-mile, $103 million project.  But, it’s already spurring the kind of development that promoters hoped for.


Will Providence get it’s turn?  That may be up to the next Mayor.  Both Mayors Cicilline and Taveras have been big champions of the concept to leverage real estate and economic development.  But with Mayor Taveras seeking the Governor’s office next year, it may come down to who occupies the corner office at Providence City Hall next year.

Stay tuned.

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