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Detroit: First QLine streetcar to arrive this week

  • marmar (135 posts)
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    Detroit: First QLine streetcar to arrive this week


    DETROIT – Detroit’s first QLINE streetcar will be delivered this week, M-1 RAIL announced today.

    “Delivery of the first QLNE streetcar is an important milestone for this project,” said M-1 RAIL CEO Matt Cullen. “We’re bringing a sleek, modern vehicle of exceptional quality to Detroit. This project is one of the most innovative public transportation projects in the world today, from our landmark private-public partnership to the innovative off-wire battery technology that will power the QLINE, we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome the first QLINE vehicle.”

    The first QLINE streetcar will arrive in Detroit Wednesday, nearly two months ahead of initial projections, keeping the QLINE on schedule for passenger operations to begin in Spring 2017.

    “Receiving the first QLINE streetcar at this time will provide M-1 RAIL a greater opportunity to help Detroiters acclimate to the idea of sharing the road with a streetcar, and give us additional time for driver training,” said M-1 RAIL Chief of Operations, Paul Childs. “Over the next few weeks, we’ll complete the final assembly and mechanical checks needed before the streetcar makes its first appearance on Woodward Ave.” …………….(more)






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  • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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    1. only a couple of years ago folks at that other place were saying detroit

    would be a wasteland

    but it was just being cleared of black people like nyc before it

    to move people around so that capital could profit from changes in real estate values

    and to break up communities in the interest of decreased social solidarity

    The Bronx lost more than 97 percent of its buildings to fire and abandonment between 1970 and 1980, according to census data.

    good book to show how it’s done:



    5.0 out of 5 starsGreat expose of racist fire service policy in New York City.
    ByBrian D’Agostino, Ph.D., panthers@igc.orgon September 5, 1999

    You may not read about the _real_, utterly improbable, world-class scandals in the newspapers and you may not learn about them from university professors. _A Plague on Your Houses_ tells that kind of story, about irresponsible policy makers burning down entire neighborhoods and unleashing forces that even now undermine national public health.–it is based on state-of-the-art scientific research, much of it published previously in peer reviewed journals…
    Drs. Deborah and Roderick Wallace uncover the story of fire and other municipal service cuts in the South Bronx, Harlem, Brownsville-East New York and other minority communities in New York City. The cuts were planned in the aftermath of the 1968 nationwide racial unrest and legitimized by pseudoscientific research directed by Columbia University professors. Citywide implementation began in 1972–several years before New York’s fiscal crisis.
    The massive burnout resulting from these policies was at first justified as “planned shrinkage,” which used the fiscal crisis as an excuse for abandoning minority communities. At the same time, planned shrinkage advocates–led by The New York Time’s Roger Starr–promised that industrial parks would rise phoenix-like from the ashes of burnt neighborhoods.
    Here we encounter the twisted and bizarre underside of urban planning run amok. The pseudoscientific research commissioned before implementation and the planned shrinkage ideology elaborated afterwards indicate that policy makers indeed intended to burn down minority neighborhoods. But where were the people going to go?
    The answer is that people burned out of their apartments doubled up with relatives in surrounding neighborhoods. The overcrowding and associated increase in smoking, cooking, and trash production per housing unit then contributed to increased fire in _those_ neighborhoods. The Wallaces have mapped the contagion of fire from the areas where fire service was originally cut to areas where people migrated after being burned out of their homes.
    The stress created by such dislocation and overcrowding also had devastating consequences for public health, both in and beyond New York City. Locally, tuberculosis, drug addiction, AIDS, and other diseases flourished in the affected neighborhoods. The concentration of such diseases in New York City had wider repercussions because of human contact through travel. The Wallaces have documented and measured nationwide impacts on public health along the travel routes connecting New York with smaller cities and suburbs in the region and with other large metropolitan areas across the country…