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By LL (registered) - website | Posted April 12, 2009 at 01:02:10

I suggest people look at Sheffield, England. Sheffield is the same size as Hamilton (city proper and metro). It's the "steel city" of the UK. It has 3 light rail lines, built in the early nineties. And I haven't researched it in depth, but it looks like they've attracted new industries to recover from the deindustrialization depicted in "The Full Monty".

It strikes me that it's not size of the city that counts, but the ratio of rail length to area of dense land use, that makes light rail work. Hamilton would start with much smaller lines than Portland. That's okay.

Besides, the anti-LRT arguments all assume there is no such thing as history. The global supply-demand picture for energy, plus industrial reorganization at the tail-end of fordism, strongly suggests that mass motoring won't be as sustainable in the future.

Things change. You have to anticipate.

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