Comment 35094

By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted November 01, 2009 at 13:36:29

Hamilton has to ask itself another question here: does this city truly want to be one of the things it claims to be-- the best place to raise a child? Does Hamilton want families of limited means to have ways to get their kids to interesting and educational places (the library, etc.)? Does this city want parents to be able to get their kids to regular medical care efficiently, without having to take 3/4 of a day off of work (unpaid) because multiple transfers are needed, and transit slows to a snail's pace outside of rush hour? Does our city want to raise a generation of kids who can have a good level of age appropriate independence? Would they rather condemn them either to relying on parents to chauffeur them around (in the case of the middle class) or to just staying home and letting opportunities go to others with access to cars (in the case of poorer families)?

I spoke about this when I wrote about safe cycling routes. All the points apply to affordable and user-friendly public transit:

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