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By jason (registered) | Posted July 02, 2009 at 17:51:09
Fred, thanks for taking the time to publish this report. I must admit that I'll need to go back and slowly re-read most of this.
I'm having a hard time digesting the very first point about 'maintaining an urban boundary'.
We haven't seen any change at all in the massive onslaught of new developments around the periphery of the city. They are low density, car-dependent and really no better than the stuff that was built in the 80's and 90's. Maintaining an urban boundary is great as long as density goals are attached. The developers are paving over whats left of the 'urban' greenfields in this city with the ultimate goal of seeing the boundary expanded. I suspect that will happen sooner rather than later since we are rapidly running out land thanks to the incredibly low volume of homes and densities that have been built.
Portland drew a circle around their city a couple of decades ago and wouldn't budge it until the urban, built up areas of the city had reached a specific density target. And it was a good target.
Hamilton would be wise to do the same with this new plan, instead of the rather low, un-ambitious targets we are currently setting. http://raisethehammer.org/blog.asp?id=14...
That said, I think your plan is right on the money. The big, million-dollar Hamilton question is this: Will we actually implement it??
Kudos for your steadfast support of LRT and the overall greening of our city.
Despite some media critics, I think you've done a good job in your first term as mayor and can see some of these projects to fruition in the next term.
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