Comment 38126

By schmadrian (registered) | Posted February 17, 2010 at 15:38:04

Take back the waterfront: Here's my Wishing on a Star contribution to this notion: For about ten years now, I've had this intermittent dream. In it, the entirety of the Industrial Strip is gone and Hamilton has the most beautiful waterfront in North America. Yes, it's a dream, a manifestation of my subconscious...so all complaints and contrary responses can be directed there, thankyouverymuch. LOL

As for Britain... Two things noted as a result of having lived there:

1) They never underwent a post-war boom. They never had the expansion that was so prevalent in North America. (They were rationing into the early 50s.) So the mindset of 'sprawl' never happened in anywhere near the same way. As well as everything associated with sprawl, the arrogant belief that land is to be used...not held under stewardship. (Such as the concept of Not In My Backyard, the selfishness of placement.)

2) Brits love their driving more than the love their cars. It's an entirely different relationship to the one North Americans have; theirs is with the vehicle itself. Part of this has to do with the fact that the ratio of automatic-to-standard transmissions is the opposite of North America...so what they're doing, to quote my father, is actually driving their cars, rather than merely pointing them. This might seem an esoteric observation, but it does contribute to a different mindset.

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