Comment 117130

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted March 22, 2016 at 11:14:08 in reply to Comment 117127

Cities can grow in many different ways. Smart cities grow up by increasing the density, diversity and quality of housing within the existing urbanized area and expanding multi-modal transportation to give people choice and flexibility with the most efficient use of scarce public right-of-way.

Hamilton decided instead to continue the blinkered postwar practice of growing out, by building a new municipal expressway (facepalm) to service and open up a bonanza of cheap greenfield land on the east mountain and reward the property speculators who were central in pushing the political movement to build the highway.

What folks like McLean predicted was going to happen is exactly what has happened, including our infrastructure debt crisis and the total failure of the RHVP to alleviate traffic congestion. You can hand-wave all you want about some imaginary distinction between the law of induced demand and "predicted demand" but things didn't have to turn out this way. We had a choice to make, and we made the choice that produced the outcome we observe today.

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