Comment 68315

By jason (registered) | Posted August 21, 2011 at 09:19:55

From the Vancouver link in Mahesh's comment:

Sounds great in principle....meanwhile, Vancouver continues to win the top livable city in the World award year after year and has housing values that far outpace the rest of the country...all this while they've gone crazy on highrise construction and have recently raised their height limit and are now seeing new tallest towers. So much for the 'dramatic livability impacts'.

The European model is great, for any city starting with a blank slate. I'm certain that given the choice most Hamiltonians would prefer increasing our density via a cluster of tall towers on downtown's empty parking lots and lower/mid-rise infill along the rest of our main corridors, as opposed to wiping out ever single family home from Westdale to Stoney Creek so we can build the Paris model.

This has nothing to do with 'Taranna' as evidenced by the number of cities worldwide building new towers in their downtown cores. Hamilton seemingly has a lot of empty land downtown, but if construction ever hits a decent pace they will be gone forever. We need to increase our density enough in the meantime to support 24-7 grocers, LRT lines, pedestrian-only districts and vibrant street business life. A handful of 6 storey buildings won't cut it.

Comment edited by jason on 2011-08-21 09:20:56

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