Articles from May, 2013

Hamilton 'Must' Convert Streets Back to Two-Way: Architects
Following a long history of advocacy for livable streets, the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects has delivered a strongly written demand that Council convert downtown streets back to two-way traffic.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 31, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (114 comments)

Induced Demand in Action at Aberdeen and Kent
When an intersection is more pedestrian-friendly, more pedestrians use it.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 30, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (10 comments)

Vulnerable Neighbourhoods Should Be Highest Priority for Traffic Calming
When the City implements traffic calming measures in affluent neighbourhoods and ignores more vulnerable neighbourhoods, it actually deepens the inequality between them.
by John Neary
Published May 29, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (27 comments)

City Paints Crosswalks, Bumpouts at Herkimer and Locke
The City has already begun installing the one-year pilot project at Herkimer and Locke to create a more pedestrian-friendly design, after City staff met with Tactical Urbanism representatives.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 28, 2013 in Special Report: Tactical Urbanism (31 comments)

Metrolinx Unveils Investment Strategy
The plan finalizes a list of revenue tools to raise approximately $35 billion to pay for a series of planned regional transit investments, including an east-west Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in Hamilton.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 27, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (88 comments)

2013 Bike to Work and School Day
A large, diverse group of enthusiastic cyclists congregated in Gore Park this morning to celebrate 2013 Bike to Work and School Day.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 27, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (8 comments)

Mississauga Mayor Decries Hamilton's Inclusion in The Big Move
McCallion's frustration is understandable, given Hamilton's lack of commitment to the Regional Transportation Plan. Competition and contempt are not how Metrolinx started out.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 24, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (16 comments)

Lessons From Ottawa for a More Bikeable Hamilton
Following Ottawa's lead, we can take five simple steps that will make Hamilton a more bikeable and liveable city.
by Justin Jones
Published May 24, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (17 comments)

City to Install Permanent Bumpouts at Herkimer and Locke
City staff do an about-face and embrace tactical urbanism as a way to make short-term, low-cost changes that help pave the way for a larger culture shift.
by Graham McNally
Published May 23, 2013 in Special Report: Tactical Urbanism (43 comments)

Lovecraft, Baby, Love Craft
Monstrous Invisible is an upcoming play about H.P. Lovecraft that is showing at Theatre Aquarius this weekend.
by Kevin Somers
Published May 23, 2013 in Entertainment and Sports (0 comments)

We Need to Remember the Case for LRT
The basic question currently kicking around - Is LRT worth it? - has been answered conclusively but we are not hearing these arguments from our leaders or the staff who report to them.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 21, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (23 comments)

The Benefits of Urban Chicken and Bee Pilot Projects at Community Gardens
Hosting pilot projects at community gardens is a nice way to gradually and responsibly ease citizens (both for and against) into the practice of these progressive initiatives.
by Joseph Sneep
Published May 18, 2013 in Commentary (12 comments)

Public Works Committee Rejects Bus Lane Pilot Project
Hamilton Councillors claim to value transit, multi-modal transportation and livable urban neighbourhoods, but they refuse to put those values into practice in any meaningful way.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 16, 2013 in Special Report: Bus Lane (32 comments)

Focus on Cycling Infrastructure Before Enforcement
We have a ways to go before cycling is normalized in North American cities. Instead of cracking down on cyclist infractions, let's work on making it easier and safer to ride a bike in the first place.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 16, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (7 comments)

Baranga's On the Beach: This Ain't No Beach-Side Hut
Expansive vistas, large patio ambiance, pleasant service and great food make for a great experience at a classic Hamilton establishment.
by Margaret Lindsay Holton
Published May 16, 2013 in Reviews (13 comments)

NYC Redesigns its Streets for Safety, Vitality and Diverse Use
New York City measures what it wants to improve: improve: more pedestrians, more cyclists, fewer injuries, less speeding, better business. Hamilton measures service level for drivers and calls it a day.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 13, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (19 comments)

Ghost Crosswalks Haunt Hamilton Intersections
Let's hope that recent citizen actions mark the beginning, not the end, of 'autonomous civic engineering' around our city, or at least spark a little serious soul-searching among those who do it for a living.
by Undustrial
Published May 12, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (19 comments)

Public Meeting with New Horizon Regarding City Square Phase 3
After working closely with the Durand Neighbourhood Association on a plan for City Square, the developer has since applied for a zoning variance that breaks his earlier commitment to the community.
by Kelly Foyle and Simon Kiss
Published May 12, 2013 in Commentary (11 comments)

Yes We Cannon - Bike Lanes 2015
We can connect our neighbourhoods, our shopping destinations and our transit hubs. Most importantly, we can leave a legacy of health, safety and community vibrancy for decades to come. The time is now!
by Justin Jones
Published May 10, 2013 in Special Report: Cycling (32 comments)

City Crackdown on Tactical Urbanism
A memo by Public Works general manager Gerry Davis calls calls acts of tactical urbanism 'illegal, potentially unsafe' and 'vandalism'.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 09, 2013 in Special Report: Tactical Urbanism (121 comments)

Invigorating Tactical Urbanism Talk Inspires Action
The essence of tactical urbanisim is to undertake short-term, low-risk, high-benefit actions that precipitate positive long-term changes.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 08, 2013 in Special Report: Tactical Urbanism (17 comments)

Durand Neighbourhood 'Betrayed' By New Horizon Rezoning Application
This is not a case of anti-density NIMBYism, but of a developer playing a game of bait and switch and using the goodwill of the neighbourhood to advance his project, only to change his plans at the last minute.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published May 08, 2013 in Commentary (41 comments)

No One at City Hall is Responding to LRT Criticism
No one from the City is out there talking to the media to respond to questions that were already raised and answered years ago in the various studies and at the Public Information Centres.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published May 07, 2013 in Special Report: Light Rail (32 comments)

Re-Tooling Development Charges into a Sharp, Effective Revenue Tool
Today's development charges subsidize sprawl while making transit-friendly development more expensive. Smarter development charges could incentivize compact development and raise transit revenue at the same time.
by Cherise Burda
Published May 07, 2013 in Commentary (3 comments)

Chert in Southern Ontario: Its Use in Tools, Millstones and as a Building Stone
Chert is composed of microcrystalline quartz and has had two main uses: it was used by aboriginal peoples for tools and projectiles; and it has been used as a building stone.
by Gerard V. Middleton
Published May 06, 2013 in Architecture (2 comments)

Interview With Chamber CEO Keanin Loomis
New Chamber of Commerce President Keanin Loomis talks about the Chamber's policy directions, its role in Hamilton's urban economy, changing the status quo, and reinvigorating the city's streets.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 06, 2013 in Interviews (7 comments)

Working Hard at Nothing All Day: A Sanatorium Scrapbook
The San was the work of the whole city, the collective effort of Hamiltonians of all classes. Surely this place is worthy of designation as a national historic site.
by Shawn Selway
Published May 04, 2013 in Special Report: Heritage (3 comments)

Close Call on Longwood Highlights Incomplete Street Design
Given the current design of Longwood Road South and the uses around it, the question is not whether there will be a serious accident, but when.
by Sean Hurley
Published May 02, 2013 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (41 comments)

Has the 2013 Police Budget gone Renegade?
The provincial government should step in and revise the Act governing Police and Fire to place a limit on arbitration and reconciliation so that each municipality will be better equipped to forecast costs.
by Shekar Chandrashekar
Published May 02, 2013 in Opinion (5 comments)

Tactical Urbanism: What We Can Do
Tactical urbanism allows for plans to be tested and refined prior to full implementation, and for neighbours to work together building connections while creating something unique.
by Graham McNally
Published May 01, 2013 in Special Report: Tactical Urbanism (20 comments)

Time for Pay As You Drive Insurance in Ontario
Let's not let auto insurance concessions in the Ontario budget 'collide' with our goals to reduce gridlock.
by Cherise Burda
Published May 01, 2013 in Commentary (18 comments)

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