Comment 12311

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted October 02, 2007 at 10:04:32

Frank, you're absolutely right. David Cohen wrote a great piece on this last year:

"[Public Works] has not been heretofore known for its love of pedestrians. They have, rather, regarded them as nuisances that must be tolerated but not encouraged. Above all, they must not be allowed to significantly impede traffic flow.


"[T]his will be a walkable city on Public Works' terms. [Mary Lou Tanner, the Manager of Strategic and Environmental Planning for Public Works] said current plans are for King Street to be converted to one-way, but not Main.

"Why? Ed Switenky, Acting Manager, Traffic Engineering and Operations, speaking on behalf of one of the reporting tables, offered a hint: Main is not a good candidate for conversion because of its heavy traffic load - 40,000 cars a day.

"Where will the cars go? Jane Jacobs, if she were still around, would say - don't worry, many will simply disappear. Their drivers will find other means of transportation."

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