And of course, all of my fellow geeky urban planning bloggers came out as well, cameras in tow.
Much as I love the National Capital Trolley Museum right here in East County, it's a bummer that we aren't able to ride one in real life, especially after seeing how awesome and efficient they are in cities like Portland, San Francisco and Philadelphia, where I will ride the streetcar all day long when I move there.
While the plan is confined to the city limits for now, I'm hoping that we'll see the Georgia Avenue streetcar line continued to Silver Spring. That's where they once ran many, many decades ago and first kick-started the development of what we now call Downtown Silver Spring. In the future, it'll give East County residents a new way into the city and to great shopping, dining and entertainment destinations that are kind of hard to reach from the Red Line, like Petworth, Columbia Heights and on U Street.
We won't see any streetcars running in D.C. until 2012 at the earliest, but in the meantime, check out this photoset. And you can visit the Streetcar Showcase yourself at the corner of 9th & H NW near the Gallery Place Metro station.