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By Thinker1 (anonymous) | Posted October 04, 2006 at 16:24:56

I agree that having a car-free zone downtown did wonders from many cities but what might have worked in Boulder, CO does not necessairly mean it would work for Hamilton. You really have to be careful when copying ideas from other cities. Take a look at Buffalo - they have their entire main street turned into a pedestrian mall, complete with a free LRT system running through it. Did it turn downtown Buffalo into a tourist attraction? Nope. Preventing car-traffic into the area further contributed to the demise of downtown. Stores fled the area because their customers couldn't get there. The city is actually now planning to reintroduce cars back onto the pedestrian mall by reducing the width of the sidewalks and providing traffic and parking lanes for vehicles.

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