By Ryan McGreal
Published July 05, 2012
If Hamilton Council won't listen to lower city residents when they ask for walkable two-way streets, maybe they will at least consider listening to the developers.
In today's column for CBC Hamilton, Paul Wilson quotes Ward 3 Councillor Bernie Morelli about a possible new development using the old manufacturing plants for Otis and Studebaker between Victoria and Wentworth Streets:
"There are still some hurdles to overcome," Morelli says. One is that the developers want Victoria Avenue made two-way again. The councillor thinks that might be doable. "I sense this project has real potential."
(H/t to highwater for sharing the quote.)
On June 20, Councillor Chad Collins told the General Issues Committee that the retail grocery operations he talked to are telling him downtown Hamilton's one-way streets are a major barrier to investing in the downtown core:
Even some of the one-way streets are the barriers that many of them recognized as standing in the way of making developments happen.
Just last month, Caroline Street was converted to two-way between Main and King, reportedly on a request from developer Darko Vranich, who is building a hotel on the northwest corner of Caroline and George and plans to build a new condo with street-level retail on the southeast corner.
If all these developers can recognize the value and utility of two-way streets to their investments, why is Council so reluctant to give all our lower city streets a chance to succeed?