By Ryan McGreal
Published April 28, 2009
Talk about vision: of the top ten priorities the City of Hamilton has established for its share of stimulus cash, seven are roadwork.
One is an extension of Trinity Church Rd, which just happens to run right past the Summit Park housing development, and the other six are maintenance of existing roads, including the Linc.
This is not limited to Hamilton: the federal rules for spending this money are geared to quick, low-risk projects that stay inside the comfort zones of cities long accustomed to funneling their energy into roads.
While other countries are investing their stimulus money into forward-compatible infrastructure that will pay ongoing dividends in cleaner air, lower energy consumption and urban development, Canada remains stuck in the retrograde mindset of patching up yesterday's road network.