Comment 40996

By jason (registered) | Posted May 20, 2010 at 23:10:46

kind of ironic to have this discussion taking place the same day we posted a blog about Ottawa. Strange. Anytime I've been to Ottawa I haven't had to walk on 4 foot wide sidewalks with 5 lanes of blasting trucks. The Byward Market would have been so much more enjoyable had they signed truck routes through the area and narrowed the sidewalks to ridiculous levels (I hope our new Farmers Market has sturdy glass. It's going to do a lot of rumbling and rattling)

Strange how in Hamilton we consider it acceptable to have transports leaving the NE industrial district to cut through residential and former retail streets downtown to get to the 403, even though Burlington St/QEW/Red Hill or Linc all connect to the same 403 in less time and with no stoplights. Oh I forgot. We time the lights for these trucks too. Not only do we allow them downtown, we ENCOURAGE it with some of the worst decision making and traffic engineering a first world city can possibly muster up.

I still say we need to convert downtown Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek and Waterdown to 4 and 5 lane, one-way freeways with timed lights and urge trucks to use those streets. Watch how fast change would happen. Unfortunately, this blight largely only occurs (in it's one-way/timed lights fashion) downtown and as we all know, us losers downtown don't matter.

Comment edited by jason on 2010-05-20 22:11:52

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