Events

A Streetcar Named Desire?

The long-delayed D.C. streetcar opened today, with a crowd that combined hope and excitement along with some quiet anger about its possible effects on the community.  Banners were distributed to the crowd, and Mayor Muriel Bowser gave a short speech.
 
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Then the first ride was readied for the VIP passengers.
 
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Meanwhile, there was a small organized protest from the local chapter of the Amalgamated Transit Union.
 
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They did not attempt to block the streetcar, but were close enough so that they were reflected in the streetcar’s windows.
 
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Within an hour, streetcars were running in both directions:
 
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And a small crowd was waiting at the Union Station terminal to get on a ride:
 
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Phil Yabut got one of the first photos inside the car:
 

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And a lone protester had of course brought the obvious protest slogan.
 
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All images, except where noted, © Victoria Pickering.

I'm a D.C. native, but have only been taking photos for about five years. Even in that time, I've seen so many changes in D.C., and am increasingly interested in photographing the things in D.C. that are temporary or may be demolished, and the people who interact with the city. When I'm not out photographing, I'm a web developer.