Eric Jaffe of The Atlantic Cities tackles the thorny issue of whether streetcars are legitimate parts of the transit landscape in cities. While 40% of transit boardings in New Orleans occur on its famous streetcars, the same cannot be said of other cities where streetcars exist. Ridership on streetcars barely registers a percent of travel compared to total transit boardings in most cities. Most streetcar proponents at higher levels of government see this particular travel mode as an economic development tool instead of as useful transportation. Ultimately, Jaffe concludes that a streetcar should reflect the civic goals of a community, especially given that streetcars are generally expensive to build and operate.