Comment 106307

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted November 19, 2014 at 13:56:15 in reply to Comment 106304

If we're throwing around university freshman logical fallacy terms, you are attacking a straw man. No one, as far as I can tell, is saying, "We will all die if we don't lower the speed limit".

Speeding car on Herkimer Street at Durand Park

We do know that moving to complete streets produces a number of real, measureable benefits that reinforce each other, including:

  • The street becomes safer for all users, including drivers. Safer streets mean fewer 9-1-1 calls.

  • The modal share of walking, cycling and transit use all increase, which improves public health and reduces obesity, diabetes and heart disease, while also reducing air pollution and related hospitalizations/deaths.

  • The street becomes more comfortable and welcoming to its residents, which increases social interaction and reduces stress, both of which also improve public health.

This is not anecdote. It is strong, clear evidence from a wide variety of public health, transportation engineering and land use studies.

Also:

who bought property in "Durand" or on Herkimer in particular in the last 50 years who did not know that a major hospital existed at the end of the street and that Herkimer was a through street?

Don't do this. Just don't. People are allowed to advocate to make their neighbourhood safer, especially in the face of new information. 50 years ago, almost no one understood just how corrosive and pernicious it would be to transform urban city streets into one-way multi-lane thoroughfares. Now we know better, and it would be profoundly irresponsible not to act on our improved knowledge.

In any case, just because something is a legacy does not mean people are not allowed to change it. There are hospitals all over the world in dense urban centres that don't have multi-lane one-way arterials running into them, and they work just fine. The people living on and around Charlton and Herkimer have every right to organize and advocate to make their neighbourhood safer, more accessible, more inclusive and more enjoyable.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2014-11-19 14:00:21

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