Comment 72715

By Mahesh_P_Butani (registered) - website | Posted January 04, 2012 at 13:10:09 in reply to Comment 72684

I am having as much difficulty accepting the conclusions of these two papers, as I am with Jason presenting them as proof beyond doubt of the preferred LRT scheme.

Were it not for the diligence of our city staff we may not have been in a position of strength that we are in today on the LRT file.

Many big questions on LRT are still under study by staff/consultants which prevents conclusive answers on the final type/form/mix of urban transit in Hamilton. We need to respectfully give them space to do the job that needs to be done in order to arrive at reasonable answers to our transit needs.

The pharmaceutical industries frequent rush-to-market with similar flourishes of premature proof beyond doubt have resulted in many major recalls and catastrophic side-effects on gullible consumers.

Similar approaches have devolved the field of architecture and urban design/development for a long time.

One of our biggest challenges in urban design today is to develop an ability to sift through real research from the glut of purported research by motivated interests.

What we truly need is a Dr. Mercola of Urban design to help us make educated choices amidst an onslaught of research/findings which manipulate/polarize public opinions rather than discover truths which shape common good.

Mahesh P. Butani

Comment edited by Mahesh_P_Butani on 2012-01-04 13:14:17

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