Comment 111710

By ItJustIs (registered) | Posted May 25, 2015 at 15:07:58

As someone who's always yammering on about 'engagement', here's my 2¢ towards the LRT conversation:

1) This video:

2) This website:

3) And most importantly, this book:

I've been talking up Jarrett Walker since I was pointed towards the video recently. I've been in touch with City Hall (specifically the Mayor's Chief of Staff), recommending that this book should be required reading for a) Council, b) all appropriate City staff, and c) all participants in any proposed Citizen Panel on Hamilton transit. (Oh, and d) everyone here.)

This book isn't just a fantastic primer about transit, it's also a refreshingly cogent contribution to the discussion that isn't mired in dogma. (I don't have the book in front of me right now, but in the closing sections of the book, Mr. Walker advises not getting stuck on the technology before deciding on what you want your city's transit to do.)

The Mayor should seriously consider taking some of the $140K ostensibly ear-marked for the Citizen Panel and bring Mr. Walker to town. To my mind, there is no better investment towards an authentic and genuine dialogue about Hamilton transit.

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