By Jason Leach
Published January 10, 2010
Can anyone explain to me why news articles like this are printed anymore?
The Travel Time Study by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, a mammoth 1,700-page document that helps guide planning for the province's major highways in the Golden Horseshoe, found that generally, congestion is getting worse, travel times are growing and drivers can count on long commutes more of the time.
We knew all of this 50 years ago when cities like Los Angeles allowed low-density growth 100 percent dependent on cars and roads, and with purely horrible options for transit or cycling.
This is old news.
City regions that actually care about being progressive and planning for a successful future started diversifying their transportation options and started building proper growth decades ago.
The real news story (that never seems to be printed) is how far behind the rest of the developed world the Golden Horseshoe is. We're an embarrassment to modern city-regions all over the First World.
Even our neighbours to the south, with their quirks and huge social problems, have at least taken a lead role in fixing bad cities and learning from past mistakes.
We continue to repeat their mistakes and then print news stories like this as if anyone should be surprised at the results.
We don't need scientists and researchers to tell us what is happening and will continue to happen with lousy development patterns and zero political leadership.