Comment 30112

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted April 14, 2009 at 10:22:37

LL wrote:

I was unable to find the population density for Hamilton's lower city (where the LRT B-Line will actually be), but I'm sure it's not too different from either Sheffield or Portland.

It's not too different. The population density of wards 1 through 4 is around 1,600 people per square kilometre:

I've never understood the argument that transit won't work as well in Canada because it's big.

It's old-fashioned North American exceptionalism, the belief that the principles that apply everywhere else somehow don't apply here because [insert arbitrary difference].

North Americans don't live an "average" distance from each other, but live clustered together in dense geopolitical agglomerations called cities.

There's no reason aside from political will why North American cities can't be as walkable / cyclable / transitable as European cities - as those North American cities that buck the trend clearly demonstrate.

Portland is dense, walkable, transit friendly and vibrant because its citizens decided a few decades ago to transform its urban land use and transportation patterns.

Watch how the per capita indicators change over time: distance driven, fuel consumption, GHG emissions, distance walked, distance cycled, transit use, etc. More importantly, visit Portland, walk around and take a look at the city, as Jason just did and documented in his recent photo tour:

Unless you're incorrigibly opposed to transit improvements (cough cough Mr Meister cough cough) it's hard not to come away convinced.

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