Comment 60432

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted February 28, 2011 at 22:04:39

The effects of the highway interchanges at Dundurn and elsewhere have pretty powerful psychological effect. Coming onto Main at rush hour feels like some sort of cross between a bar-room brawl and stock-car racing event.

As noted above, urban freeways are not neutral or natural. Look at what was done to York Blvd in an effort to channel traffic more effectively. Homes and businesses were expropriated and demolished, replaced with a bizarre uniformity of architecture found only along that strip. But despite all these utopian planning efforts, the street has never recovered. Businesses can barely stay open, there's virtually nobody on the sidewalks, and only a fraction of the traffic of Main. And much like York, the current state of Main was planned and engineered.

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