The Little Italy Association voted unanimously on Tuesday to support the concept of restoring a historic streetcar line in the district. The line is proposed to run in a loop from Kalima St. to B St. on India St. and Kettner Blvd. The streetcars would share the streets with autos. The proposed line is based on three historic Class 1 streetcars recovered and being restored by Christian Chaffee. The Class 1 cars were designed for John D. Spreckles in connection with the 1915 Panama-California Exhibition held in Balboa Park. They feature spacious wood chassis, half of which are open-air and the other half enclosed. Chaffee founded the 501(3) group San Diego Historic Streetcars to promote the return of the cars to the streets of San Diego. The cost of the project is estimated at $34 mil. and funding has yet to be identified. However, the Little Italy Association’s robust support is an important first step. The district has already proven its good judgment in stewarding downtown’s most successful redevelopment sub area.
About Bill Adams
Bill Adams is the founder and chief editor of UrbDeZine. He is also a partner in the San Diego law firm of Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP. He has been involved with land use and urban renewal for nearly 25 years, both as a professional and as a personal passion. He currently sits on the Boards of San Diego Historic Streetcars, The San Diego Architectural Foundation, and the The Food and Beverage Association of San Diego County.