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Christensen said he favored Love’s motion because Sugar House is in the process of adding new housing stock of apartments and condominiums and will need mass transit.
"New housing will bring a lot more auto traffic to Sugar House," he said. "Businesses along 1100 East will suffer long-term without a transit alternative."
But Garrott criticized the Becker administration for pushing the 1100 East route.
"We know this is a bureaucratic decision, not a democratic one," he said. "People want to help make decisions [that impact their community]. But we’re forcing a decision on them."
LaMalfa agreed that the process surrounding the streetcar decision may not have been perfect. But after talking to dozens of Sugar House residents, he was convinced the city must move forward.
"We need to get people out of their cars, both on 1100 East and 2100 South," he said. "We need to accommodate the increasing number of people who live in Salt Lake City and Sugar House. … This is a vote for clean air."
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