By Azher Siddiqui
Published November 13, 2013
There seems to be a fair number of businesses along Queenston Road in East Hamilton, which is of course always a welcome sight. However, when I look at this street, I can't but help feel that it is rather unattractive from a walkability perspective.
Most if not all of the businesses are set far back from the sidewalks. Pedestrians have to walk through parking lots to reach their destination.
That a sea of cars is parked out in front of businesses is not only unfriendly to pedestrians, but also I imagine it negatively impacts the appeal of businesses themselves.
What incentive is there to have beautiful, inviting store frontage or building facade if people walking, biking, or driving by can't even notice it because of a large empty or full parking lot.
I don't understand why the commercial buildings can't be lined up close to the sidewalk like in other areas downtown, and the parking lots situated behind them instead of the way they are now.
This would make the area much more walkable, enjoyable to everyone who passes by, and likewise, good for business.
If this can be done, I say let's do what we need to get it done. And if this cannot be done, I would appreciate knowing why not.
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