By RTH Staff
Published June 08, 2012
this blog entry has been updated
Paul Wilson of CBC Hamilton accompanied Nathan Ward, an Edinburgh-based architect and urban designer, on a walk around Hamilton's downtown.
You'll never guess what Ward pointed out as the major obstacles to urban revitalization.
"Do you really need four lanes?" he asks, while we stand at Cannon, waiting for all that noisy westbound traffic to pass. Most cities, he says, are starting to realize the car's been king long enough.
Another pain point:
Hamilton would also have to do something about the traffic around King and James, he says. We're on the sidewalk and shouting at each other to be heard. "Why would you have the main street in your city as a highway?" Ward asks.
The view from the top of Stelco Tower:
Ward looks north, south, east, west and decides this city has too many parking lots. "They leave holes in the community."
And finally, Hamilton's neglected heritage buildings:
Do we really need to be told any more times what we're doing wrong before we decide we can no longer afford to put off doing something about it?
Update: updated to fix a copy-pasta error in the last block quotation. You can jump to the changed paragraph.