Downtown retailers, restaurants suffer as streetcar construction blocks access

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BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.comThe new Oklahoma City streetcars are arriving in town on time, the project is on budget, and test runs are underway with service set to start later this year. So how could there be any bad news associated with the $131 million project that has been pursued by rail advocates for the past 30 years? Change comes with pain, and in this case, merchants and restaurants are feeling the pain of finding themselves surrounded by trenches and streets torn up to install rails and infrastructure for the 4.6-mile system. Once the streetcar is up and running, restaurants and shops should see a boost in business, especially from the downtown workforce and residents who will be able to hop on from the 22 stops...

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Downtown retailers, restaurants suffer as streetcar construction blocks access

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