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"Nobody" wants light rail? Did the rest of us elect you as our spokesman? [smile]
Granted, the construction period is going to be yet another in a long line of disatrous interruptions to traffic and commerce on Main Street. Terrible.
BUT. Main Street has been essentially deserted for more than a decade. And struggling for a decade before that. Light rail actually IS the answer. The light rail has shown itself to be an enormous boon to business all along its path.
See this link: http://www.houstontomorrow.org/livability/story/report-light-rail-is-boon-for-phoenix-businesses/
"Some of the business owners were opposed to or skeptical of light rail initially, but those interviewed have now turned into supporters after seeing its effect on local businesses. The support is not limited to these individuals, either; members of the Downtown Phoenix Association want Valley Metro to build future extensions near their businesses.
"The owners of 14 Phoenix businesses interviewed by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) say that the new light rail line has increased pedestrian traffic, business visibility, and revenues, as well as reducing parking difficulties, according to Rail Life.
"Business owners said that in addition to bringing more pedestrians during the day, the light rail has also boosted the number of evening and weekend customers. One owner reported a 30 percent increase in revenue after the line opened in December 2008, and another said he targets his advertising specifically to people getting off at the light rail station."Aug 3, 2011