If Only Dallas Had Streetcars

Clayton McCleskey makes the case for why Dallas ought to be a little more like Zurich.

"Zurich's city center is what downtown Dallas wants to be. The streets here buzz with life day and night. Bars and restaurants abound. Zurich is walkable and livable.

What does this city have that Big D doesn't? Well, other than the Alps, streetcars. Or, as the Europeans call them, trams."

"'Trams are fast, clean and efficient,' boasted Andreas Uhl, chief of staff for Zurich Public Transit.

They also greatly enhance quality of life.

Trend-setting Monocle magazine named Zurich the world's most livable city in its 2009 global living survey, praising the transit system as 'the envy of the world.'"

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