Modern day residents of New York City often wonder why it is difficult for residents of Queens or Brooklyn to reach one another via subway. Older residents recalled the city’s now dismantled streetcar system as the connection between the two boroughs which was severed by the dismantling of the system by automobile interests in the 1940’s. In Cincinnati, the city’s streetcar projects seeks to connect core neighborhoods and eventually two of the regions largest employment centers. Read more at The Atlantic Cities:
The demise of the trolleys in the late 1930s and ’40s seems to be largely responsible for disconnecting the two sister boroughs. Yes, they were replaced by buses, but buses have never — for a number of reasons — been able to cement the connection the way trolleys seemed to.