Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Why Mass Transit is Needed

Or why its benefits can be wider than might appear at first glance.

The following is from The Indianapolis Star's 2nd attempt made to save Rivoli Theater:
"Another question is where to put the people who might be drawn to the building.

Buses and streetcars brought people to the theater in the first half of the 20th century, but the neighborhood is now filled with homes. Those residents aren't accustomed to traffic and will have to adjust in the way that the equally residential area around Butler University has adapted to basketball crowds.

The largest nearby parking lot belongs to Brookside Elementary School, which also is the area's newest large structure, replacing an older school that had an entrance near the Rivoli's marquee."
I know where that theater is and it could easily turn into an eyesore - or worse. Leveraging a better mass transit system in Indianapolis could be used to keep business in the theater. How many other businesses in Indianapolis and elsewhere in Indiana might this also be true?

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