Comment 13052

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted October 19, 2007 at 10:30:38

Frank, you bring up some great points about the downtown, and everyone on this site is a proponent for intensification downtown. But we have to start by making the area a comfortable place for people, not cars. The answer to that is not necessarily to build more expressways around the city -- we need to start by changing the scale of the roads within the core. Change back to two way streets and make the true core an uncomfortable place to drive THROUGH. Easy access is one thing, but blowing an expressway (i.e. main street) right through town is truly asinine.

As long as our city streets look and feel like expressways they will be treated as such, no matter how many highways we build around the perimeter.

Your frustrations seem to match mine, but I think that you are aiming your defense at the wrong project. We need to be defending things such as improving pedestrian and cyclist experiences (especially downtown) and slowing down traffic in the core so that it is no longer a thoroughfare.

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