Comment 72017

By easy drive (anonymous) | Posted December 08, 2011 at 12:23:23 in reply to Comment 72016

I'm not saying you are looking to drive all over the place, but you said "The density just isn't here to attract a lot of people to abandon their cars".

First of all no one says cars have to be "abandoned", but we do have to design so that ALL road users are accommodated for and we have done nothing of the sort.

The reason we have low density is that the parts of the city which could easily support the density have been given over to fast moving traffic (among other problems - I'm not saying it's the only one but it's the one we are discussing).

Catering to the easy drive makes the city less livable so guess what, less people live here than the city can support (and the city needs higher density if we are going to cover the ongoing costs of functioning as a city)

We as Hamiltonians can drive all we want wherever we want -- but if we expect to continue to be able to blast through the parts of the city that should be dense and livable, then we have to come to terms with the fact that not only are we sacrificing the potential of our downtown, but we're committing ourselves to higher and higher taxes as we keep density low - basically the same number of people will need to cover continually raising costs.

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