Comment 52848

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted December 09, 2010 at 09:41:15

Thats the problem we have with the downtown now. It cannot survive without people from other parts of the city using the it. If you make it more difficult to get there or get around people will not go. Without people and their money businesses will not survive.

Actually the problem we have with the downtown now is that the density of people actually living in the core is too low. But it is already growing, and it will continue to grow faster, and your viewpoint will become obsolete.

Yes, downtowns in general did start to "need" visitors from the'burbs when suburb living was the best-thing-going. But younger generations are stepping out against suburb living and returning to the city. It is this influx of residents that will breathe new life into the core, not the occasional trip in by outsiders.

If slowing down a street or adding a bike lane or installing a pedestrian crossing causes one "passer-through" to stop coming down, but causes one potential resident to move in, then that measure was a resounding success.

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