Light Rail, and All That Stands in the Way

Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 05:17 PM

(Houston, TX - Melissa Galvez, KUHF News Lab) -- If you don’t have a car in Houston, life can be very difficult.  So you might think that communities would be clamoring to get the new light rail line through their neighborhood; but in fact, there’s been opposition across the city, even as construction plows ahead on 3 of 5 proposed new lines. Concerns about eminent domain, gentrification, danger to children—even a tree—stand in the way of a harmonious ground-breaking.  But other residents welcome rail with open arms.  They look around at their crumbling neighborhoods and hope the train will being the economic development they so desperately need.  A look at the perhaps unlikely outlines of the light rail debate.


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