What is happening to Edinburgh is very sad.
What was one of the most liveable of cities is slowly being sacrificed on the altar of an unworkable idea.
The problem is not the 'temporary' period of the works but the permanent aftermath following construction ---look at the plans (mentioned by others in comments to the article above) and the problems are obvious.
Read STAG 2003 planning and feasibility report to see 60% of our Citiy's residential streets can expect an increase in traffic DUE to the tram being introduced.
With all the noise, pollution, bad health effects and other