Launch of controversial streetcar project even has some skeptics thinking about the economic development potential

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Milwaukee has for years been listed among the largest American cities without easy-on, easy-off urban rail transit. But that ends Friday when the city officially opens the initial 2.1-mile line for “The Hop,” the new downtown streetcar system.
The Hop will be winding through downtown Milwaukee, carrying bus and Amtrak riders from the Intermodal Station in the city’s Third Ward neighborhood, past familiar downtown sites like the Milwaukee Public Market, City Hall, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Cathedral Square Park, to the city’s Lower East Side, just a few blocks from Veterans Park a...

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