In this video, amateur historian Fred Quillin, a sixth-generation resident of Grand Rapids, MI, discusses the way that transit has evolved in his town. Once, Grand Rapids was the synonymous with excellent electric public transit, but its streetcar network was dismantled by the auto industry, who bought and scrapped it. Now, Quillin wants to return his city to its former glory.
A Citizen's History of the Grand Rapids Streetcar (Thanks, Kovatcha!)
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