Comment 110227

By m (anonymous) | Posted March 13, 2015 at 20:36:25 in reply to Comment 110223

Unfortunately, it's becoming pretty obvious that 2-way conversion of Main and King will never happen. The only perceived benefactors of such a conversion would be downtown dwellers, and there are more than enough councillors to prevent this from ever happening (I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to be in the powerless positions of Farr, Johnson, and Green). If put to a vote, the breakdown would mirror the results that have killed both the bus lane and, more recently, LRT. Until ward boundaries are redrawn (not gonna happen), nothing is going to change; the lower city wards are voiceless.

At this point, I would be thrilled with 1-way streets that are more complete in nature. Would it possible to have 24-hour uninterrupted curbside parking and protected bike lanes along the lengths of Main and King? Would that be an unrealistic request of suburban councillors? Would business owners object to more parking in front of their shops? Would drivers complain of more parking options?

As an aside, does anyone know if there has been any pressure placed upon the city by downtown developers, such as Vranich, to calm traffic 10 feet outside of the $300,000+ condos they're trying to sell? We're just a bunch of unemployed highjackers (right, Terry?), but can these developers not use their influence to create positive change (safer streets) while still satisfying their own interests (selling condos that are not next to an urban expressway)?

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