When it was announced about a year ago that the Marigny would be getting added to the streetcar line, I had to change my pants. Then, the skepticism kicked in and I said I’d wait to be excited until I saw work.
Well, they’ve been diggin’ up Loyola from about Girod to Poydras, and I’ll be damned if what they’re putting in doesn’t look like streetcar tracks. I haven’t read too deep into the track plans, but Loyola does become Basin at Canal (well, it becomes Elk at Tulane, then Basin at Canal), so color me excited.
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What’s neat is that the streetcar will be but a few blocks from my house. I’m excited for a few reasons:
- I can hop on a streetcar to go to the usually wine-filled PizzaNight uptown.
- Increase in property values, specifically mine.
- An option for covered transport when it’s raining and I don’t want to ride my bike or truck. Or the truck doesn’t want to go.
- Streetcars are goddamn awesome.
I’m glad I’m not directly on the line, but about the same distance from the family house I grew up in to St. Charles Ave. It’s soothing I think to hear the faint sounds of the streetcar in the not-too-far-but-far-enough distance.