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Atlanta's Original Streetcar System Kicked Asphalt

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Last week’s official groundbreaking for the new Atlanta streetcar signaled the rebirth of a transit mode that played a huge part in the development of Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods. Before its demise in 1949, Atlantans had an extensive street rail network at hand with which to traverse the city sans automobile. Don’t believe us? Matthew Tankersly of New South Associates has put together a nifty website documenting the extent of Atlanta’s 19th century street rail network, and it provides great inspiration for how we might expand on the system after the downtown loop’s completed. If reading historical information makes you dry heave, take a gander at the accompanying photo album. It's trolley-tastic!