On a Roll

Joe Edwards, savior of the Loop, wants to bridge the Skinker Boulevard "moat" with a trolley. Can he get supporters on board?

Edwards is ever the optimist. "There is a lot of support already," he says. "Ninety-five percent of everyone I talk to jumps aboard. The other five percent aren't against it -- they are just not sure. It doesn't take long to convince them."

Looking over a colorful poster of trolleys on his office wall, Edwards gets the kid-in-a-candy-store look. "America is in love with rails," he says. "It is just fun to ride vintage trolleys. It is a relaxed ride that makes you feel a connection with the past."

For a moment he hears the click and clatter of the track, running as steadily as his vision. "We could start with a track in the Loop," he says. "But we don't have to stop there -- we can extend to other parts of the city."

Joe Edwards
Joe Edwards

Edwards' enthusiasm is infectious. "The Loop was built by people who dreamed bigger than their wallets," says Jay Brandt, owner of Brandt's Market & Café in the Loop. "I think we are closer than we have ever been. I just hope we can get this done before I retire."

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