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Bringing Back the NoHo Streetcar Idea

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Red marks the NoHo Streetcar path. Blue marks an idea for a Moorpark Streetcar idea.

After a September 2007 LAist post about an idea of putting a streetcar in the NoHo Arts District, it grabbed first-year UCLA student Nguyen Doan's attention. "It really got me to thinking about how useful a streetcar system would be and motivated me to do research on the subject." When Doan was presented with a class assignment instructing students to write a policy letter providing a possible solution to a Los Angeles community, he went further into the issue.

The original post on LAist spoke to residents of NoHo Arts District not taking advantage of the Metro Red Line due to crime concerns and the amount of commute walk time (the LA Times spoke to this issue citywide in a June 30, 2007 article). Even for those who lived near a bus stop serving the Metro Orange and Red Line stations found that the headways were too seldom. "The bus stops in the NoHo Arts District have too much distance between them, discouraging people from walking from bus stop to bus stop," Doan writers in his letter to the Chairman at the Community Redevelopment Agency, William H. Jackson III. "The most recent crime statistics in North Hollywood accumulated by the Los Angeles Police Department indicates a 19% increase in violent crimes like homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assaults."