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Always enjoy a bit of history and whimsy from Mr. Patterson!

A great article of how the area's future is a reflection of its past. Well done!

Trying to keep the fare low, compete with the automobile and pay employees a fair wage was the gottacha of many systems. In Michigan the trolleys had to pay for road upkeep while the automobile was using more and more of the road. The trolley companies were subsidising building roads for the the automobiles. Finally the cost to repairs roads was taken over by the counties, but not before ttolley companies ran into ran into financial troubles.

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