Comment 77879

By trackofalljades (registered) | Posted June 02, 2012 at 15:37:01 in reply to Comment 77747

Portland, OR here...same deal, very few people drive to downtown today. Portland makes for an interesting case study because unlike Tokyo it's not a huge town, in fact it's not all that different from Hamilton in terms of size and topography (complete with the hill/water setup). Portland has a very walkable thriving downtown, a great bus network, an expanding and highly utilized downtown streetcar, and larger light rail vehicles which reach to the suburbs.

The reason I mention all this is that many folks, especially long time natives, were absolutely positive a couple of decades ago that all of that could NEVER possibly work here...they were sure that people wouldn't use it, government wouldn't actually do it, etc. Yet today Portland is arguably one of the most "livable" small cities in the U.S. and all kinds of people chomp at the bit to find ways to move here.

Hamilton intrigues me expressly because I see so much of the same potential in it that Portland has managed to realize.

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