Last week, I interviewed Kathy Drewitt, executive director of the Downtown Hamilton BIA, to ask whether the BIA has a position on the two-way conversion of Main, King and Cannon Streets.
Drewitt noted that the Downtown BIA does not have a formal position on two-way conversion of Main, King and Cannon. However, she said that whenever asked about this, she cites the survey of businesses on James and John North one and a half months after the those streets were converted to two-way in 2002.
Drewitt said, "Many of them told me they experienced an increase in sales, they hired more staff, and that's a positive. We see the conversion of James and John as a positive where people slow down and the traffic can help to support the businesses located there."
She also expressed frustration that the City continues to allow Main and Cannon to function as through trucking routes, now that there is a continuous ring highway around the city. The Downtown BIA lobbied to have Main taken off the Truck route last year, but Council rejected their plea.