Streetcars, nearly extinct, are making a comeback

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In this Sept. 28, 2013 photo, Brad Preston, of Kenosha, Wis., the chief mechanic at the Joseph McCarthy Transit Center talks about the streetcars during Kenosha Streetcar Day. Long after the streetcar was driven to the edge of extinction in America by the automobile _ hanging on only in a few places like New Orleans and Philadelphia _ cities are spending millions putting them back in, often along the same stretches of pavement where rail was wrenched out decades ago. The idea is that streetcars can form the heart of communities built around them, igniting economic development in urban centers that badly need it and offering a whiff of excitement to boot. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)