A Streetcar Named Desire?

The long-delayed D.C. streetcar opened today, with a crowd that combined hope and excitement along with some quiet anger about its possible effects on the community.  Banners were distributed to the crowd, and Mayor Muriel Bowser gave a short speech.
 
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Then the first ride was readied for the VIP passengers.
 
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Meanwhile, there was a small organized protest from the local chapter of the Amalgamated Transit Union.
 
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They did not attempt to block the streetcar, but were close enough so that they were reflected in the streetcar’s windows.
 
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Within an hour, streetcars were running in both directions:
 
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And a small crowd was waiting at the Union Station terminal to get on a ride:
 
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Phil Yabut got one of the first photos inside the car:
 

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And a lone protester had of course brought the obvious protest slogan.
 
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All images, except where noted, © Victoria Pickering.