There is a huge hole in the street on one of our walk routes over at 33rd and Holmes. When you look into the hole, you can see the remnants of a Kansas City of a few decades ago. A trolly track that turns down a residential street that was paved in cobblestones.
12th and Main has been doing a nice job covering the old Cobblestone streets, but I think the Trolly track is particularly interesting. The fact that it makes a corner from one residential street onto another one is just a sign of how advanced our public transit systerm used to be in Kansas City.
Now, we live in a Kansas City that has a less-than effective public transit system -- with likely more cuts on the way.
While rail lines are more costly to install than bus lines, they are, however significantly less expensive to run (and thus, less subject to cuts) than bus lines. It's just a shame that our city paved over one of the best rail systems in the country in the 50s and 60s to make way for the automobile.
Speaking of the automobile, check out the hole this was found artifact was found in:
This hole has been there for a couple of months now. I'm glad our mayor has declared war on metal plates...so that now, we can have gaping holes in the road instead. I don't mind construction for improvements, but let's get on with it...and not insult my intelligence with the war on metal plates.