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As the Mid-City Rapid Bus project continues along Park Blvd., construction crews have dug up evidence of the rich transportation history that remains in stasis just several inches underneath our city streets. San Diego Historic Streetcars, our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has a vision to revive that history and restore the Class 1 streetcars to the rails in San Diego. Ironically, the route along Park Blvd. is one ideal location for these historic streetcars to return. After all, the Class 1s were originally designed and built to run from the Santa Fe Depot to Balboa Park via Broadway and Park Blvd. for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Following the Exposition, these streetcars went on to run throughout our downtown and uptown communities— from downtown on through Little Italy, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, University Heights, North Park, South Park, Golden Hill, Logan Heights, and beyond.
Christian Chaffee, the board president of San Diego Historic Streetcars, spoke with Larry Himmel last week at the Park Blvd. construction site and in front of historic Class 1 #138. Please check out the video above to learn a little about San Diego’s transportation history and potential future. We hope you’ll join us in our calls to return practical and historic transportation to San Diego!
And of course a big thanks to Larry Himmel and CBS 8 for the coverage! View the original article here.
In Monday’s Union-Tribune newspaper, an article by Logan Jenkins introduces a new proposal made by entrepreneur Sandy Shapery that would significantly reduce the need for additional parking inside Balboa Park and eliminate the need to build a bypass bridge on the Cabrillo Bridge. The Shapery plan would connect the outskirts of Balboa Park to the heart of the park, using the original historic streetcars, which were designed and used to carry patrons to the Panama California Exposition almost 100 years ago.
You can read the entire Union Tribune article here.
Here at the San Diego Historic Streetcar Project, we would love to love to see a city wide historic streetcar system using our native historic Class 1 streetcars running from downtown to Balboa Park and to all surrounding neighborhoods in time for the 2015 centennial celebration of the Panama-California Exposition. However, given the logistics, we do see the Shapery proposal as a great way to introduce the historic Class 1 streetcars to San Diegans and visitors in 2015.
What do you all think? Would you like to see the Class 1 streetcars serving in Balboa Park by 2015 as Sandy Shapery proposes?
On Tuesday, Larry Himmel came down to the Class 1 Streetcars. Here’s his story up above, via local CBS Channel 8. Thanks a lot to Larry and Channel 8!
Don’t forget we’ll be at the Calendar Antique Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend. Come say hi and get an up-close look at a historic San Diego streetcar!
San Diego Uptown News recently profiled the Class 1s in an article about the future of streetcar transportation in San Diego. We think it sheds some light on the complexity of this project — particularly the curious reluctance of MTS and the city of San Diego to get fully behind these important pieces of San Diego’s history and the difficulty of finding funding in these difficulty economic times — and also demonstrates how they are in fact a unique and invaluable project for our city. Read the article for yourself here.
Thanks to Lauren Ventura for coming out and doing the story!