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Aug 10, 2014 1:24 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Second Saturday Downtown packs streetcar

TUCSON - The Sun Link streetcar was still packed on its first Second Saturday Downtown.

Tom Skinner lives in the Armory Park neighborhood. The past couple weeks he has enjoyed the nearby transportation option, but on Saturday, he just rode for fun.

"It's like Disneyland," he said. "Everybody's having a great time."

Paul Kukich's food truck, Burgerrito, was busy earlier than usual, even though it is usually a slow time of year.

"Sometimes it's good, bad and ugly when you're dealing with losing about 100,000 people in the summer time," Kukich said. "With all the students gone, snowbirds, people going on vacation, it can almost be a ghost town at times."

Kukich thinks the streetcar will have longterm benefits for the businesses in the area, despite the problems during construction.

"People are starting to take it more welcoming, more open arms than they have in the past," he said. "I think they are starting to see the impact it is able to make within the community with all the small businesses, including mine."

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