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Video: Walter Tejada announces vote for streetcar, says it’s always easier to be negative, divisive

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Nice speech by Arlington County Board member Walter Tejada at last night’s meeting and vote, putting the Columbia Pike streetcar project into historical perspective, and talking about how it’s “easy to denigrate something, to attack it, to be negative, to create a divisive environment in our community.” In contrast, what’s hard is “to roll up our sleeves” and “come up with a plan just like other generations of Arlingtonians have done in the past.” Tejada also talks about how this streetcar project isn’t just about Arlington, but how this “strategic investment” is about “a regional vision for the next wave of public transit systems that will connect people around our area” (e.g., connecting into the District’s streetcar system, to Tysons and Alexandria).