By Jason Leach
Published August 20, 2009
As a follow up to my recent blog entry highlighting some of the great initiatives being implemented in New York City, I got thinking about similar events and how they could be implemented here in Hamilton.
I thought of the logical location for a permanent closure in Gore Park and south leg of King which would allow for patio space, buskers, markets - even a children's carousel.
Our kids beg us to hit Gore Park every Christmas when the merry go round is installed. A permanent one would seem to be a no-brainer in attracting families downtown. (Watch for a future RTH entry on the ongoing plans being developed by the city for the redevelopment of Gore Park. Some interesting and scary ideas are being floated all at once).
A Summer Streets series similar to that in NYC could include closing the redeveloped York Blvd and James St from York to Gore Park. A ciclovia type of event could be developed along James Street from the waterfront to Gore Park with east/west access only maintained at Burlington, Barton and Cannon Streets.
A further extension of ciclovia would be logical along King Street, perhaps from Ferguson Avenue and it's north/south bike path to Victoria Park. Imagine two-way LRT on King someday. The auto lanes could be closed to vehicles on Saturdays but the LRT allowed to continue down the middle of the street.
Perhaps connecting downtown neighbourhoods with the Gore, Market and waterfront would be a good strategy for a cycling series in Hamilton. Corktown Park via Ferguson Avenue connecting to the Gore, Market, Victoria Park and West Harbour.
The potential is endless.
The purpose of this follow-up blog entry, however, is to get your ideas! There are a lot of passionate RTH readers who care about Hamilton and see the potential for us be a vibrant, livable city that is the envy of others across Canada.
Fire away! We want your ideas and concepts on developing pedestrian zones, ciclovia events and safer streets in Hamilton.
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