Articles from September, 2014

Vancouver Commits to Zero Traffic Fatalities While Hamilton Stonewalls Even Modest Safety Improvements
Vancouver's impressive pedestrian safety statistics are not some random effect, but the result of several deliberate policies sustained since 1997 and continued to this day.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published September 30, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (35 comments)

Crosswalk at Hunter and MacNab Deformed to Maintain Automobile Traffic Flow
After local residents organized to dedicate money to new walkability infrastructure, they are now faced with the prospect of spending another few months trying to get the city to fix the broken-by-design implementation of that infrastructure.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 30, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (45 comments)

Architects Endorse Light Rail in Letter to Transport Minister
The Hamilton/Burlington Society of Architects just sent a letter to Transport Minister Steven Del Duca calling on the Province to keep its funding commitment for LRT in Hamilton.
by RTH Staff
Published September 26, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (68 comments)

An Evening With Transit Activist Benjamin Ross
His book concludes that more democratic land use planning, combined with strategic investment in high quality rail-based transit, act to transform a city's use of land to create complete, high-quality neighbourhoods that meet a variety of needs.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 26, 2014 in Events (15 comments)

Active Transportation Infrastructure Roundup, September 2014 Edition
Multi-use paths, bike lanes, speed humps, crosswalks and bike share, oh my!
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 26, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (20 comments)

Clark LRT Play Highlights Problems With FOI Process
Brad Clark's LRT Freedom of Information request process points to the need for serious FOI reform at City Hall.
by Joey Coleman
Published September 25, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (15 comments)

Letting Cooler Heads Prevail on Hot-Button Issues (Candidate Submission)
The wonderful enthusiasm of Hamiltonians is at risk of being smothered by City Hall's tedious infighting, chronic delays, and partisanship. With the municipal election rapidly approaching, Hamiltonians have an opportunity to change that.
by Marie Robbins
Published September 24, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (14 comments)

LRT More Cost Effective to Operate, Attracts More Investment than BRT
It's clear from some of the comments about BRT that many people are unclear about what it means.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 24, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (47 comments)

Save The Hermitage
With the motion to save the Hermitage passed, the money being raised and the community support, this historic building will be restored and built back up to the free-standing memorable structure it once was.
by Leanne Pluthero
Published September 23, 2014 in Special Report: Heritage (11 comments)

Fundraiser for Documentary About Kenilworth
Alex Djordjevic has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support a documentary that explores the history and potential of Kenilworth Avenue.
by Michelle Martin
Published September 23, 2014 in Events (1 comment)

No One Said LRT is a Magic Bullet
LRT must be contained in a comprehensive strategy that includes land use planning, two-way conversions and street calming - all objectives we have been advocating for years.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 22, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (46 comments)

Mayoral Candidates Say Hamilton Needs To Supercharge Economic Growth
From their discussion, it seems as though Eisenberger and McHattie are the leading contenders for achieving the economic development Hamilton needs in order to be a place where people want to live and work.
by Meghan Greaves
Published September 22, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (9 comments)

Some Context on the 'LRT is No Magic Bullet' Article
We need to first decide what our needs are, our future goals for the city, and the lengths we will go to capitalize on the particular tool we have chosen.
by Chris Higgins
Published September 22, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (19 comments)

Hamilton's Urban Forest: What is it and How is it Doing?
Despite its many benefits, little community or municipal effort has gone into ensuring that Hamilton's urban forest, as a whole, is protected, enhanced, and appreciated into the future.
by Giuliana Casimirri
Published September 22, 2014 in Special Report: Urban Forest (16 comments)

BRT is Not Just Express Buses
BRT is a transportation system in which high-speed, high-capacity buses run on physically separate dedicated lanes between transit stations.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 19, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (45 comments)

Next Steps for Cannon Cycle Track
The two-way cycle track officially opened last Friday, but work continues on installing the finishing touches and monitoring potential issues.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 17, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (73 comments)

Why a Rental Housing Licence is so Important (Candidate Submission)
A rental licence provides the City with a tool which, used correctly, will not penalize responsible property owners but will ensure that there is a level playing field for renters and neighbourhoods in that all properties will meet the same standards.
by Ira Rosen
Published September 17, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (22 comments)

Substantial Changes to 220 Dundurn South Plan
Construction could begin as soon as late October for this controversial landmark on Dundurn Street South.
by Jason Allen
Published September 16, 2014 in Commentary (15 comments)

Supercrawl 2014 This Weekend
This year the event spreads over the entire weekend, with performances at multiple stages on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.
by RTH Staff
Published September 12, 2014 in Events (0 comments)

It's Official: Cannon Street Cycle Track is Open
The three-kilometre protected two-way cycle track is the first of its kind in Hamilton, running continuously along Cannon Street between Sherman Avenue North and Hess Street North.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 12, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (12 comments)

Cannon Street Cycle Track Official Opening Today
Today, Friday, September 12, at noon, the Cannon Street Protected Bike Lanes will be officially opened, just in time for Supercrawl.
by Justin Jones
Published September 12, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (13 comments)

Clark Reverses Position on All-Day GO Trains, Light Rail Transit
Three years ago, Brad Clark was adamant that there was no business case for all-day GO train service and that Hamilton would be crazy not to hold the Province to their promise of full capital funding for LRT.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 11, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (26 comments)

Debating LRT on CHCH-TV's Square Off
Nicholas Kevlahan and John Best debated the pros and cons of light rail transit on Tuesday.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published September 11, 2014 in Special Report: Light Rail (16 comments)

Pedestrian Killed at Highway 8 and Green Road
We need to transform all our streets into accessible, inclusive public places that bring people into contact safely and accommodate a variety of ways of getting around.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 10, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (34 comments)

Yet Another Developer Asking for Two-Way Streets
We have a classic opportunity for education and leadership, not stalling and cowardice. How much more trauma, injury, death and lost potential will we endure while we wait to act?
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 09, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (17 comments)

Mayoral Candidate Demands Purchase in Exchange for Comment
A mayoral candidate has told RTH he will not respond to requests for comment unless we buy products from his company.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 08, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (11 comments)

Cycling Committee Wants Your Hamilton Cycling Photos
The Hamilton Cycling Committee wants your best photos of cycling in Hamilton for use in display materials that will promote Hamilton as a great cycling destination.
by Dan Botham
Published September 08, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (2 comments)

Leverage Stadium to Enhance Neighbourhood
The new stadium is where it is. Let's do it right by incorporating mixed-use facilities that enhance the public realm, increase accessibility and bring the community together.
by Jason Leach
Published September 05, 2014 in Special Report: Pan Am (21 comments)

No Evidence to Support Clark's New LRT Position
Clark's new transit position is to ask the Province for less money than they offered to build a more modest system that will cost us more money to operate while generating less revenue and attracting less new private investment.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 05, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (33 comments)

Cannon Street Cycle Track Coming Together
The cycle track runs continuously between Sherman and Hess, and it is physically protected from the automobile traffic by both a space buffer and physical barriers.
by Ryan McGreal
Published September 03, 2014 in Special Report: Cycling (43 comments)

Safe Speeds for Turtles But Not For People
Maybe the needs of 1,500 turtles will be taken more seriously than those of 25,000 student and staff residents when deciding whether to make Cootes Drive safer.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published September 03, 2014 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (8 comments)

City of Hamilton Bans Campaigning in Public Spaces Used by HSR
The ban is a direct violation of a 2009 Supreme Court of Canada decision protecting the Charter right to free political speech from unreasonable infringement by a transit agency.
by Joey Coleman
Published September 03, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (3 comments)

MIGHTY Ambitions in Second Year
The MIGHTY Program's goal is to demonstrate entrepreneurship as a viable career option to the youth of Hamilton.
by Lorenzo Somma
Published September 03, 2014 in Special Report: Creative City (0 comments)

Improve Neighbourhoods by Mixing Uses
It's past time to conform our zoning bylaws with the developed world's best practices, instead of watering down our practices to conform to our outdated design guidelines.
by Jason Leach
Published September 02, 2014 in Downtown Bureau (3 comments)

Positive Transformations: Music and Youth
An award-winning conductor and accomplished violinist who has lived in the Crown Point hub for more than 30 years, Ilona Spleit believes in the power of music to transform lives.
by Shiona Mackenzie
Published September 02, 2014 in Arts and Music (1 comment)

Public Education Discussion Must Include Skilled Trades
With one million skilled trade workers needed in Canada by 2020, it's time the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board expanded its Skilled Trade development.
by Ed Sculthorpe
Published September 02, 2014 in Municipal Election 2014 (2 comments)

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