April 21


Should all roads lead to Pearl?

In 1933, San Antonio was the first major U.S. city to dismantle its electric streetcar system in favor of buses, one of the few times the city has found itself at the forefront of a major trend in urban planning. The subsequent slaughter of urban rail systems across the country has been dubbed the Great American streetcar scandal, due to the alleged role of General Motors in orchestrating the wholesale adoption of buses for American mass transit systems. San Antonio now finds itself in the politically and financially difficult position of trying to rebuild a rail system that has been all but forgotten by its residents.

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