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Long Beach — Streetcar Proposed

Rail Transit Online, June 2007

The city council on May 15 unanimously approved a proposal laying the groundwork for a study of the feasibility, costs and environmental impact of a citywide streetcar system.  Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal originally wanted the analysis limited to an east-west line on Broadway and Redondo Avenue serving Cal State University, Long Beach City College, the East Village Arts District, Memorial Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center.  But when the issue came up for discussion, other council members expressed annoyance that their districts were excluded.  “I'd like to see it include the entire city," said Councilwoman Rae Gabelich.  “The folks up north are getting a little tired of everything happening downtown.”  So, Lowenthal, an urban planner, modified her motion to include all of Long Beach.  “The real purpose is to encourage economic development throughout our city,” she said, adding that she got the idea after visiting Portland.  “What I realized…was Portland is not too much unlike the city of Long Beach,” Lowenthal told the Long Beach Press Telegram