I hate pointless mockeries of public transit systems that don't actually go anywhere. I loathe the stupid two story trolley at the Grove. Ridiculous! Excessive!
My first glimpse of the Americana's trolley came as I was biking north on Brand. I heard the USC marching band, and looked over to see the trolley chugging along alongside Brand with Rick Caruso and a bunch of dignitaries on board. I couldn't help but laugh at how surreal the whole scene was.
Like so much of the Americana and Caruso-land, the trolley plays to our collective fantasies of an idealized past and "the way things used to be". And you know what? IT WORKS. Much to my surprise, I absolutely love the trolley.