Comment 30444

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted April 24, 2009 at 08:23:42

Mr Meister,

Who are you even replying to? I don't see anyone trying to say that Boston and Hamilton are the same size.

What I tried to argue above is that Boston is denser and more vital than Hamilton because of the different choices it made over the past 30 years:

  • Boston maintained and expanded its electric transit system; whereas Hamilton demolished its electric rail and, later, replaced its trolleybuses. While Boston has always seen fit to regard transit as an investment in a vibrant city, Hamilton cut its transit funding continuously for two decades starting in the mid-1980s.

  • Boston blocked one highway construction and pushing another highway underground (which, despite its extraordinary cost overruns, has breathed new life into the previously isolated North End); whereas Hamilton built a new municipal highway. Incidentally, the Big Dig is already subject to induced demand: http://raisethehammer.org/blog/1155

  • Boston protected its 18th- and 19th-century urban architecture against grandiose plans to demolish it; whereas Hamilton wiped out much of its downtown core for "renewal" mega-projects and sat by while adjacent properties were neglected until they collapsed.

So I'm left scratching my head that you praise Boston yet refuse to consider adapting Boston's successful urbanization strategies here in Hamilton.

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