Comment 32977

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted August 21, 2009 at 14:29:50

I think before the City needs to worry about creating MORE ped/public spaces in the city, it should consider better use of the ones it has. Like you suggested, Jason, Gore could be so much more than a bus mall. I work in Toronto up by Yonge and St. Clair and I'm blown away almost every day by how much use the parks up here get. Even not counting the office-folk walking around on their lunches, you see plenty of folk using the parks for soccer, runners everywhere, and tons of kids using clean, welcoming-looking facilities.

I wish I could say the same for Hamilton's downtown parks, which seem run-down by comparison. Even parks that are very busy, like McLaren park, up the street from where I live on John St., are not always the most inviting places--garbage piles up in bins and spills all over the grass and into the splash pad; groups of young people hang around picnic tables smoking all day, and if that weren't itself intimidating, the mess of butts and garbage they leave behind is still nasty. This only adds to the ambience that is John St. N.: decaying parking lots; trash collecting in gutters; poorly maintained homes, and piles of garbage on sidewalks left by recently moved-out tenants or their landlords.

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