As Ward 2 councillor, Bob Bratina voted against the Airport Employment Growth District and commented on how the Ancaster Business Park has banquet halls and bowling alleys.
Then, as a candidate for mayor, he turned around yesterday and said that we should consider scrapping the planned east-west LRT and do a north-south line instead to the airport to serve the AEGD.
I love Bratina and his passion for Hamilton, but is this the sort of disconnected thinking we can expect if he becomes Mayor?
If we're going to do LRT, do it right. Start with the biggest bang for the buck. I have no problem with a second line to the airport down the road, but not a first line.
Mayoral candidate Larry Di Ianni commented in the Ward 2 debate that we should scrap King Street and put the LRT on Barton. Again, I'm all for future lines serving all areas of the city, but we will never see future lines if we don't first develop an initial line that is spectacular and sees great investment in the very heart of our city.
Downtown and the entire King/Main corridor is the pulse of Hamilton and runs right through the most densely populated neighbourhoods and job nodes. It connects regional shopping centres and shopping districts with our university, McMaster Innovation Park, cultural venues and the downtown core.
As Portland, OR keeps trying to teach us, fix the central heart first and everything will start to revive from there.
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