Comment 652

By Angela Strauss (anonymous) | Posted July 11, 2006 at 15:59:05

I have often read and enjoyed your articles in Urbanicity - my family and I are new to Hamilton and just bought a house on Locke Street because we plan to stay - we love this city and are really impressed at the many people working hard to see its great potential realised. Is there a way to get a pedestrian theme going at City Hall? Like for eg. suggesting that those who plan any street changes actually walk those streets. We used to live in a house on the corner of Queen and Amelia streets and it looked charming and green and like a walker's paradise. But stepping out the back door was like standing three metres from the 401, only worse, because cars accelerate or screech on a curve right there - and this until 1 am day in and day out. If you haven't lived there and felt it "on your skin", you would not know that no matter how lush you make that back garden, you will never want to be there because you cannot hear yourself think. The same thing applies to any street - if you want them to work for people with feet and ears and noses and stomachs and children - you know, living beings!- then you have to design your policies from that perspective. Why is Vancouver getting called the leading city for successful urban life across the world, for Pete's sake, and here we have a mottley crew of folk in City Hall being paid by our taxes, some of whom are still using 50 year old city planning policies proven disasterous a long time ago? Anyway, thanks for listening to my little rant. My email address is: angela.c.strauss@gmail.com

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