May 12, 2009

Streetcars Making a Comeback

CHICAGO — How can early 20th century modes of transportation link together 21st century cities? Learn about the reintroduction of streetcars to "stitch together" revitalizing downtowns at the next Tuesdays at APA forum on Tuesday, May 12, from 5 to 6 p.m. at APA's Burnham Conference Center, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600.

David A. Wilson, a service planner for the Chicago Transit Authority, will discuss the history of the streetcar as well as its reintroduction into modern cities. Hear how streetcars are being used today as a way to revitalize downtowns and promote walkability.

Wilson also will address how streetcars facilitated growth and influenced development patterns in the early 20th century.

Wilson holds a master's degree in Urban Planning and Policy with a focus on transportation from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has presented programs on transportation history and was a guest lecturer at UIC on the Evolution of Transit Technology. At the CTA, Wilson is responsible for analyzing transit routes for effectiveness and efficiency.

Tuesdays at APA is a monthly after-work lecture and discussion series. Each month, practicing planners and researchers discuss the latest ideas, concepts and research in the planning field. For upcoming events, visit or call 312-431-9100. Podcasts of previous events are available through iTunes.


Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;