Comment 77237

By JM (registered) | Posted May 24, 2012 at 08:44:09

Great read!!! Your conclusion is right on the money - I just think its the traffic engineers, not the city planners who need to take heed. City planners already know and preach what you just wrote (I know because I am one). The issue is that the message is lost between the planner and the engineer, who implement road improvement projects to "their standards" with the simple goal of avoiding congestion as you note.

York Boulevard is a perfect example (and huge disappointment). Planners prepared a great plan, with public consultation and great visual presentations to the public. But none of what you saw in those presentations was implemented beyond an enhanced curb, sidewalk, and decorative streetlighting project - which the engineers tend to see as "good enough". And of course, the "two-way in name only" design - which is anything but "good enough".

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