Comment 53055

By George (registered) | Posted December 14, 2010 at 08:32:33

@Undustrial - Agreed, but, as I said, it would hopefully mean less resistance to the "redesign" and slowing down of King and Main. Is such a pie-in-the-sky idea worth it, if it meant a "slow" and pedestrian friendly King and Main? And furthermore, it would be a much easier decision to take away lanes for LRT. There would be much less resistence to idea of not having the east-west traffic flow impeded. What essentially happens is that the current "expressway traffic" we now see on King and Main would be diverted and "hidden" away from downtown.

I think that would go a long way in creating the livable downtown we seek by "decreasing the vehicle strain on our roads", as you say, in the downtown core.

Alleviating Bob Young's stadium access and visibilty concerns would be a bonus, and would allow us to spend our FF on the downtown and draw at least quarter miilion people a year there, as well as showcase our city and its waterfront to regular, national TV audience.

I'm not so sure there isn't room for it down by the tracks. There's lots of room down there. I could be wrong, and again, being below grade would lessen any impact on housing for the few blocks to Wellington.

I could be mistaken, but I thought the two main reasons for cancelling the perimeter road were:

1) The LINC ended up being the East-West link between the 403 and QEW, and... 2) cost.

As far as a bottleneck at the Desjardins canal, I don't know about that. I'm sure anything can be done if it can be paid for which i believe is the single biggest stumbling block.

I think it allows for many of the urban friendly changes being discussed here as of late.

Comment edited by George on 2010-12-14 07:35:16

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