Comment 37759

By jason (registered) | Posted February 03, 2010 at 08:56:56

Ryan, don't let anyone at the city see that video. I can see the plans already being drawn up for such fabulous 'safety improvements' to our downtown streets.

Remember, it wasn't too long ago that a steel railing was proposed all along the sidewalk of Main st in the area of the courthouse to do this exact same type of thing. thankfully that proposal died.
A modern architect recently stated that when designing university campuses he saves the pathways and grass as the last thing to install because he wants to watch the students walking patterns and see where THEY want and need to go. Then he puts the pathways in the appropriate spots and useless lawns in their appropriate spot. For an example of how NOT to do this, go stand in front of McMaster hospital sometime and count how many people cross at the newly installed 'grand entrance' light or how many cross 40 metres to the east because the main destination across Main St is the Williams Coffee Pub plaza. I've done it myself when at Mac.
Nobody in their right mind will walk all the way around to the new stoplight when they can just walk out of the hospital in a perfectly straight line and end up at Williams' front door. More poor Hamilton planning with nary a thought to anyone but drivers.

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