Comment 110267

By Durander3263827 (anonymous) | Posted March 16, 2015 at 20:27:49

I cannot speak about Bold, but I do know some things about Duke Street, and what I know is that Duke changes width from block to block, and is quite narrow in the two blocks between Caroline and Queen, mostly because it has parking on both sides of the street. For those two blocks, there are 13 cars on each side, and at least one side will have to be cleared of cars, so for those two blocks that's 26 parking spaces gone. Also, the blocks between James and Park are part of a bus route, so that may require a bit more width than non-bus route streets.

The Durand has no shortage of East-West streets. If you don't like the direction that the street that you're on is going, just drive 100 feet north or south and you can find a street going the other way. The real problem is a lack of two-way North-South streets, so making Bay two-ways might be better, but that's a discussion for another day.

As some have said, the Durand is a very different neighbourhood than when cars went two ways. There were no high-rises, and many people then didn't have even one car; now many have two. There are more and more cars in the neighbourhood; this may not be a good thing, but it is a reality. Slowly green space around apartments and condos are being paved over to make more parking for their residents, and eliminating street parking could lead to an increase this trend.

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