This summer I was lucky enough to be able to drive across the county and visit 29 states and dozens of different cities. One city that really stuck out to me though was Portland. It was young, hip, and, although cool in its own right, was not at all my scene (I'm a country boy through and through). What really stuck out to me about Portland though was the traffic, or lack thereof. See, Portland has a rather complete public transportation system, which includes a lot of streetcars.
The streetcars have been a success for Portland, and other cities are taking notice. Combine that with changes to the Department of Transportation's new guidelines for building public transit, and we could see a real streetcar renaissance.