Comment 10773

By jason (registered) | Posted August 10, 2007 at 14:03:35

actually, too much parking is a deterrant. instead of getting out of your car in the middle of a bustling, vibrant city, you get out in the middle of parking lot in the middle of 4 other parking lots. Pretty exciting stuff for a Friday night. People in Hamilton spend a pile of gas money and drive all the way to Toronto all the time. Then they pay some of the highest parking rates in Canada and walk for hours on end to their various destinations. If people are willing to pay a lot of money for parking and do a lot of walking once they arrive, I don't think paying 3 bucks in Hamilton and having to walk 4 blocks is a deterrant. All the empty lots creating a sense of decay, danger and emptiness are a huge obstacle to getting people downtown.

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