feel that Topeka small businesses struggle because
of lack of:
Consumer demand (population base insufficient)
Careless public relations
Poor marketing strategy
What do you think
would attract business to Topeka?
What do you feel is the cause of Topeka's downtown
being forsaken by businesses and consumers?
If a street railway system of electric trolley
cars would attract industry via entreprenuers
and developers, adding many thousands of private
sector jobs and hundreds of employers, including
upstart small businesses, would you be in favor
of a slight, temporary, self-cancelling
sales tax increase to parcially fund the project?
(This would mean the tax would only fund the balance
of what federal grants and private funding may
not be able to reach).
Yes to temporary tax increase
No to temporary tax increase
Business and Property
Owners: If an electric trolley streetcar system
would deliver hundreds of thousands of tourists
per year to your business front, would this affect
the target marketing of your existing business
and/or change the plans of existing real estate
near the alignment of these steel rails.
Yes, it would influence my current plans.
No, it would not affect me or the useage of my
Do you think Topeka
citizens are knowledgeable enough about such a
electric street railway trolley system to intellently
vote on a related issue?
Yes, they are knowledgeable enough now to deliver
a majority yes vote concerning related subjects.
No, they are not knowledgeable enough at this
point in time to understand the issues.
What do you think would be the best WAY to
get the general population educated, within six
months, about how new electric trolley systems
are affecting many cities in America and how they
could affect Topeka?
If the editor of The Steel Rails Advocate electronic
"newspaper" (this website) could put
out a physical newspaper specificallly about this
subject every month, targeting somewhere in the
neighborhood of 100,000 readers, do you think
people would offer intelligent input to the issues
of an electric trolley railway system in Topeka?
Do you think our city government is still of
the people, by the people and for the people--assuming
we can overwhelm them with "yes" votes
about issues which we require and demand to be
applied to our city?
Yes. We people DO have the power to get our way
at the polls in favor of our wishes and how we
require our city officials to work for us or be
recalled out of office BY US--the people.
No. We, the people DO NOT have the power to get
our way even at the polls with an overwhelming
majority in favor of us.
Steel Rails Advocate could deliver matters to
local government in a unified voice of a majority
public opinion about the matters of an electric
trolley street railway system once again in Topeka
to improve the lives of all who live here alont
with futer generations, and take command of our
city government with a drastic influence upon
state government, would you personally support
such a paper?
Yes, I would support such a paper and the cause.
No. I would not support such a paper nor it's