Comment 70828

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted October 24, 2011 at 13:28:52 in reply to Comment 70815

I understand the need for Hamilton's downtown highway - both sides of our ring road are cut off from the city - the Linc is up the escarpment and needs the mountain-access bottlenecks to reach, and the 403 is across the Harbour. I don't like it, but I understand why the traffic engineers and many drivers defend it so fiercely.

Sorry, I'm not nearly as charitable as you are.

Most people base their 'needs' on what they're used to, what their expectations are in relation to what they're used to. I'm not interested in getting into the pointless-bordering-on-insulting discussion about 'What would happen if you made Main (or King, or both) two-way again?!?', because it usually turns into a really embarrassing version of Chicken Little and That Ol' Falling Sky thing, but I'm sure someone's crunched the numbers about what kind of difference it would make time-wise in getting from Dundurn to the Delta between the current 'thoroughfare' default and more reasonable, more liveable setup...and it can't possibly be the kind of factor that changes realities. Don't we have sufficient means within our grasps technology-wise to have gone beyond the limitations of 'being there'? And if you really, really need to be there by a certain time...leave earlier.

Traffic engineers and many drivers defend the status quo simply because they're either too selfish, too limited in imagination or just too lazy to make the effort to consider a better, more humane way.

Comment edited by mystoneycreek on 2011-10-24 13:48:15

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