Monday, July 5, 2010

My Town Monday: The Lorax Meets the San Diego Trolley

Here's a San Diego trolley.

Every once in a while, you catch a glimpse of the trolley rolling by with a car like this.

This past April, our Metropolitan Transit System introduced a Lorax-wrapped trolley car.


Because April 22 was Earth Day, and the Lorax loved trees. It's more environmentally friendly to hop the trolley than to tool around town in our cars.

According to Dr. Seuss' widow, Audry Giesel, The Lorax (published in 1971) was one of her husband's favorite books.

The famous line you might recognize from The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” The Lorax was speaking for the Truffula Trees and other inhabitants of the forest (Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba- loots, and Humming-Fishes) against the greedy factory-owner, the Once-ler. Unfortunately, the Once-ler doesn't listen to the Lorax and chops down all the trees. The forest inhabitants leave for greener grounds, as does The Lorax himself. Luckily, the Once-ler saved one solitary Truffula Tree seed, and a child is attempting to grow it.

At first, the Lorax trolley car glided along a downtown loop next to the San Diego River, but now it's operating on the orange and green lines. I'm lucky enough to live on the green line, so I see the Lorax car every few days. I think a child rides for free with a paying adult on the weekend. Child #4 and I should test out this theory.

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Reb said...

Ha, I did a post of the Street car here too! I like that yours is so colourful and sends a good message!

Barrie said...

Reb, great minds obviously think alike!! ;)

alicia said...

Wish we had more options in smaller cities too.

David Cranmer said...

Luv the Lorax and everything Dr. Seuss did. Genius applies in his case.

Charles Gramlich said...

gotta love the Lorax

Teresa said...

I love the Lorax trolley. My kids and I used to love riding the Waterfront trolley in Seattle, but it didn't have cool Loraxes on it!

Barrie said...

Alica, I guess there's not much in the way of public transit in smaller cities. So, then you're stuck with carpooling and biking and walking.

David: My favorite book FOR YEARS was And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. :)

Barbara Martin said...

I like the San Diego street car much better than the TTC ones here. We all must have train tracks on the brain because my post is about the early days of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh, that is so cool! I wish we had more and better public transportation here...alas.

Gabriele Goldstone said...

San Diego sounds so together. Our town (Winnipeg) is spending years and years discussing our public transportation options. Having a character from some children's book visible to all is pretty cool! Long live Dr. Seuss!