UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – The University City Loop got its name because it was home to a streetcar line last century.
Fast forward to 2012, where opposition continues to grow against efforts to bring the trolleys back.
Among those arguing against the return of streetcars is U. City resident Elise Glickert.
“There is no way for a firetruck to get around it, or an ambulance,” she argued Wednesday night.
And why should University City leaders take the concerns of residents into consideration?
“Those streets belong to us…we own the city,” Glickert said to scattered applause from audience members.
But longtime University City resident and promoter Joe Edwards argued that trolleys wouldn’t block emergency vehicles any more than your average daily traffic jam on Delmar might.
Besides, he pointed out, they’re already deep into the process of planning the trolley line using monies that University City was awarded in a competition with 65 other cities.
“This is one of those rare times where we actually surprised people around the country and were chosen,” Edwards remarked.
He said it would be a shame to throw that all away at this late date.
But trolley opponent Frank Flynn countered that officials need to take a realistic look at the situation.
“Say it gets built and it goes bust,” Flynn suggested. “Who’s then responsible?”
Edwards did his best to reassure the crowd that like trolley lines in San Francisco and New Orleans, the U. City streetcars would be a success and bring more visitors, and more dollars, to the community.