Comment 56175

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:23:06

I wonder what Alice — justifiably proud of her handiwork — would make of spending hundreds of millions of dollars just 20 years later to rip it up and reverting to a form of transport that began in 1874 with horses as locomotion.

The automobile with a modern-style internal combustion engine dates to 1885 - ten years later. The bicycle was invented in 1884 (penny farthing) and again in 1886 ("safety-bike", basically a modern 'fixie).

So what? Should we ban cars and bikes, too? Should we start closing down any streets, buildings or institutions older than a hundred years? This whole article is absolutely ridiculous. Taking out streetcars was a horrible idea, and not building more is even dumber. From everything I can see of Hamilton built in the late 1800s, the people designing it clearly had a far greater understanding of things like urban design and tasteful architecture than we do today. Is it so surprising that their transportation costs were brilliant too?

Horse-drawn streetcars in 1874? That's 'visionary'.

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