Astounding as it may sound, some people still think we need more parking in downtown Hamilton.
Sadly, it isn't just people from the suburbs who never come downtown (therefore giving very little credibility to their opinion), but even people who should know better - like the folks running the Downtown BIA.
This photo image, originally a screen scrape from Google Maps, was found on the Skyscraper Page (credit to Flar).
Highlighted areas are surface parking
The areas highlighted in pink aren't the location of new condo or loft projects. They are the locations of our precious parking lots.
Not surprisingly, this area is bisected by Main and Wilson Streets with Cannon St. nearby.
With the province offering to pick up the capital costs for a new rapid transit system from McMaster to Eastgate, we hope City Hall has the foresight and vision to realize that a rail line through this empty swath of parking lots would open up these urban lands for new mixed-use communities with stores, cafes, hotels and residents.
We need people with some vision, leadership and plain old common sense in City Hall.
The current bunch have done little in their first year. We just hope they don't screw up this potential for LRT.
Most of all, we hope they see all these empty lots for what they are: monuments to a screwed-up downtown. More important, they are spaces that can house the future residents and office workers in our city.
As long as we don't elect anyone from the Downtown BIA to City Hall, we have a fighting chance. We at RTH anxiously await the end of summer to get a sense of where Council's heads are at regarding this golden opportunity.
Interesting days lie ahead. Stay tuned, and don't worry: there's plenty of parking for everyone.
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