street cars

Streetcar history takes shape in upcoming book

by (tbalx)

Submitted 05-06-2015 under OPINION

Carl Bajema, retired GVSU biology professor and local historian, is intent on bringing to life Grand Rapids’ transportation history. He's currently revising the drafts for the second book in a local transportation series, tentatively...

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[HISTORY DETECTIVES] Historical transit decision comes full circle with May 3 millage

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 04-29-2011 under OPINION

A portion of the vintage footage featured in the video is from a film made in the 1920s. That promotional film was made by the Grand Rapids Railway Company, the private corporation that controlled the transit in the city. In the beginning of the...

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The Automobile and Us - Part I: The clash between the streetcar and automotive industries

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 04-20-2010 under OPINION

This is part one of a five-part series that explores the effects of the automobile on Grand Rapids. In this part we explore how Grand Rapids lost the streetcar and started to develop around the automobile. Wellington Avenue, off Eastern Avenue in SE...

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