Comment 117336

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 30, 2016 at 14:53:08

I don't understand this claim that wanting complete streets is "socialist" (or even "communist").

It has nothing to do with socialism since the streets are currently built and maintained in an entirely "socialist" way: built, owned and operated by the government and paid for communally through taxes (property taxes in the case of municipal streets).

The debate is not about whether our streets should be privatized ... it is a debate about how they should be designed! It has nothing to do with socialism or capitalism.

Indeed, to the extent that the current design in Hamilton is bad for businesses, those who want government-paid for streets that only cater to car traffic are the real socialists. They want the government to cater to one special interest group and the rest of society to pay the price.

And that's why the Chamber is now stepping up to defend the interests of business in the design of our streets!

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2016-03-30 15:01:57

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