Comment 7748

By Tim Jacobs (registered) | Posted June 27, 2007 at 22:11:25

Jason Leach immediately comes to mind as a natural champion for this urgent and necessary cause.

He has plenty of knowledge on this count, knows about Portland's rise (and other Pacific Northwest urban centres, like Tacoma), is passionate about Hamilton's development, and is a solid member of the Hamilton community.

Jason, time to run for office, no?

Another precedent: Calgary had a languishing downtown until they put in their LRT, with a 'free fare' downtown zone. It resulted in a major economic makeover of Stephen AVE, which is now home to plenty of tony shops and boutiques.

Also, as a side note, it's important to tie in the crucial issue of two-way streets while discussing the LRT proposal. The two initiatives combined would certainly spur Hamilton's recent renewal onward--quickly. Edmonton determined to change all their one-way streets to two-way streets and that move alone transformed their downtown.

We definitely need a prominent champion at city hall, but it's crucial for all of us to bombard our councilors. If we really do want change, that is.

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