Comment 115235

By KevinLove (registered) | Posted November 30, 2015 at 11:17:37

I would like to think that in a more normal city, the principles of Sustainable Safety would be the default value and the advanced proposal would be to make Aberdeen Street car-free. Like, for example, the Toronto Islands, where demand to live in the car-free zone is so high that people pay $100 to enter a lottery with a less than one-in-ten chance of getting their name on the bottom of a 20-year-long waiting list.

Too bad that people in Hamilton are totally denied choice in housing. A car-free residential neighbourhood is simply not a choice we are allowed to make. Car drivers don’t just cram their lethal poisons down our throats. They impose their lifestyle and their values upon everyone else. With no choice.

It does not have to be this way. Virtually every Dutch city has a car-free downtown. Entire cities from Hamburg to Helsinki are planning to go entirely car-free.

Hamilton? Welcome to the 1970’s.

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