Comment 38453

By rusty (registered) - website | Posted February 25, 2010 at 10:02:35

Mr Meister, Of course Richmond and Adelaide are dead streets. So, for the most part is Jarvis. How many pedestrians and patios do you see on these thoroughfares? Not many! Any street that facilitates fast moving traffic at the expense of pedestrian safety and convenience is going to lack street level vibrancy. You get what you build for.

As for the two-way one-way debate, I don't believe anyone at RTH is blindly advocating two-ways streets always. What we are saying (well, me at least) is that in order to reduce the speed and prominence of cars along King and Main the best solution would be to convert the streets to two-way. Widening the sidewalks and adding bike lanes would be an added bonus also.

It comes down to a question of what we want. Do we want our downtown streets to be expressways or pedestrian friendly boulevards? Decide what we want and design the streets accordingly.

The question I have now is the same question I had 9 years ago when I first moved to the Hammer: What are we waiting for?!

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