1939 Indianapolis. Some of the streets have changed, but not the names–check out this map with street car, trackless trolley and bus stops in the epicenter of Indy. You could easily navigate from here to Broad Ripple or Mars Hill or other suburbs of old.

In a recent conversation about how ‘The Circle’ could have more activity outside business and symphony hours, one person–quite rightly–asserted that without a higher concentration of immediate downtown residents, a constantly bustling circle didn’t seem likely.

But what if we had a circulating trolley that dipped into the nearby neighborhoods, even two to five miles out from the circle? Those of us who live too far to walk, but are annoyed at how close it is to drive would certainly become part of the bustle if such options were again available.

Anyone else ever wonder what it might have been like to live in Pre- World War II Indy? As some of us long for the return of  effective mass transit, I do.

Check out this sampling of routes for buses, trackless trolleys and streetcars. See what would be yours here?