Hamilton Council continues to shun investment along King, Main and Cannon Streets, and then complain that they don't contribute enough to the tax base.
By Jason Leach
Published July 17, 2013
I was in Buffalo again recently, spending money in a different city. I saw this proposal for an infill project in the already-booming Elmwood Village:
The three-storey mixed-use building in the core of the 700 Elmwood block will greatly enhance the urban character and vitality of the block. The building meets the sidewalk and storefronts wrapping around the building will provide ample window shopping and eye contact between store owner and shoppers on the street. The parking is tucked away under the building and accessible from the alley in the rear. The curb cuts are eliminated guaranteeing a contiguous pedestrian environment where safe congregation can take place. The tenants of the upper floor apartments will support and enhance the commercial activities in the Village and the project will contribute to a substantial increase to the City’s tax base.
Note the praise for increasing the tax base.
It's too bad so many of Hamilton's City Councillors prefer to shun private investment along King, Main and Cannon by leaving them as empty freeways - and then complain that downtown and the lower city don't contribute enough to the city's tax base.
It should be noted that the daily traffic on Elmwood Avenue ranges from 15,000-23,000 cars per day, or 7,000-11,500 cars per lane.
Those daily traffic numbers fall in line with most of King, Main and Cannon from the 403 and points east:
These streets should be re-allocated to aim for 7-9,000 cars per lane, not 2-5,000. The only place where traffic comes close to normal urban volumes - not gridlock, just normal traffic - is on King east of Catharine, where it goes down to two lanes that are still free-flowing most of the day and are never "gridlocked".
We just missed a great opportunity to make King Street East more people-friendly without costing anything other than the paint we ended up using to re-establish the huge excess capacity on that street.
Enjoy a walking photo tour of a wonderful neighbourhood in downtown Buffalo filled with character, complete streets, parks and booming street business.
Spot Coffee side street patio
Spot Coffee front patio
Bike parking at the Lexington Food Co-Op
Patio at Lexington food Co-Op
Thousands streaming to Delaware Park for Shakespeare in the park
Curb parking on literally every street, including for park theatre-goers
Typical boulevard sidewalk design with 24-7 parking
Boating in Delaware Park
Delaware park boats
Delaware Park rose garden
Delaware Park homes
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