Get Ready! Snow in the Mid-Atlantic

Stay safe, stay warm, and make sure you’ve updated your emergency plan, whether at home, at work, or protecting our cultural heritage. … Continue reading

The Zoo, the Park, and a Baltimore Befuddlement

I’m not an expert on Baltimore, by any means. I’ve never lived there. I was born in Towson and grew up in Carroll County. But Baltimore was my first exposure to City and all that big “C” entails. The redeveloped … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: Oooo, Purple [Line in Montgomery County MD Gets the Green Light]

When the Washington Metro was built in the 1970s, it was planned and built as a wagon wheel. Upscale malls and subdivisions far-flung from the city center were considered posh and the main purpose of the Metro was to deliver … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: Transit Chic

Public transportation in the early 20th century captured our imagination. It was modern, new, a technological advance not just for those with money, but for the people. The most iconic and compelling images place us against our machinery. The dress … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: San Francisco’s Market Street Railway New Owner of Weirdest Streetcar

I love San Francisco: especially their historic Market Street Railway which runs historic cars from all the cities that have trashed their streetcar lines. You see PCCs from Boston and Peter Witts from Milan. It’s lots of fun. And they … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday – Where Vintage is Just Fine

It’s one of my first memories of Rome after sleeping off my first bout of European jet lag: opening my Stazione Termini hotel room shutters to find a rather ancient streetcar below. Decay has a different meaning in Europe. I … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday: Tucson

The end of March found my mom and I in southern Arizona. My great uncle Mr. B has a cattle ranch outside of Tucson, where he set up business in 1952 (read a post about the nearby historic site The … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday: Rediscovering DC’s Streescapes

DC’s downtown streetscapes are being resuscitated in scraps and snippets. Whitewashing idealism and urban renewal¬†threatened to wipe clean the historical texture of the scrappy American capital throughout the 20th century.¬†Historic buildings that once didn’t fit model image of America of … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday – The Shore Line Trolley Museum

Did you know that you used to be able to use local streetcar services to trolley-hop between New York and Boston? That one story should make it clear to you how much public investment we have lost to private enterprise … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday : Hurray for the Streetcars of Toronto

  During a short business trip to Toronto, I had the pleasure of getting around town on their streetcar system. Unlike American streetcar systems destroyed by the National City Lines/General Motors streetcar conspiracy, Toronto’s streetcar system is intact due to … Continue reading