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By adrian (registered) | Posted April 11, 2006 at 01:47:28

I think what you say in your other article, Toward a New Vision for Hamilton, is the key issue here: [Gilbert] explained that between current gas prices and $2.50 per litre, the price shift alone wouldn't cause much change to Hamiltonians' way of life. People may replace their cars with smaller, more efficient models, but life will mostly go on as it has. However, gas above $2.50 a litre starts to trigger some more basic changes in people's choices of where and how to live. At $4.00 a litre, our current situation becomes impossible to maintain. I don't think the big box stores will suffer until a lot of people can't afford to drive, period. As long as people are commuting long distances to work and driving long distances to see friends and family, I don't think a 5 or 10 minute trip to Wal-Mart is going to phase them much. The key is definitely "locations closer to people's homes" where they can get whatever they need. Being able to purchase items across the street that are similar in price to the Wal-Mart that's 25 kilometres away would be a big draw regardless of the price of gas.

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