By Jason Leach
Published November 10, 2009
It only took a few days after the Pan Am Games announcement for the Spectator to get going on these kinds of articles stirring up controversy about Hamilton's proposed east-west rapid transit line.
We need to educate folks along the route: LRT is a huge development magnet. It's been proven time and time again to draw tons of investment. Folks along that corridor don't need to worry about fewer people and business there. They'll need to learn to deal with a whole heck of a lot more.
The Swiss Chalet guy's biggest concern should be fitting all his new customers into the store, not the minor inconvenience of folks needing to make right turns and use intersections for U-turns.
The International Village plan is a bit worrisome to me, though. It's pretty quiet down there as it is. I'm not sure a pedestrian mall is the way to go, just yet. I think it will be in the future, though.
Gore Park would make more sense for our first ped zone.
I'd like see a shared space model for the International Village that has cars and trains sharing space, or perhaps just one eastbound car lane in place of one side of street parking.