By Jason Leach
Published July 11, 2008
I am a downtown resident and would like to voice my absolute displeasure at the stunning vote (is anything really stunning in this city anymore?) yesterday regarding the Downtown Transportation Plan.
I live, shop, play and entertain downtown seven days a week. I know how ruthless the constant flow of trucks and cars is on Main and York. I know small businesses owners present and mostly past, who have tried to brave the one-way canyons to no avail.
I have a nice route that I walk to get downtown without having to use York, King or Main. It's a shame that I should avoid our main streets like the plague.But hey, there's nothing there anyhow other than speeding cars and trucks.
Apparently, some of you like it that way. Well, I don't. I would like to see downtown Hamilton have bustling streets like Queen or Yonge in Toronto.
I realize that feedback from citizens means nothing in modern-day politics, but I am disgusted to live in this city on days like today. While other cities all over the continent are moving forward and have been for decades, we continue to act like it's 1950.
Tonight I am bringing my family from the Mountain downtown to celebrate my birthday at the London Tap House and then the James North Art Crawl.
Both of these entertainment options did not exist a mere few years ago. Since James and John converted to two-way, there has been a tremendous amount of new business, mainly in the form of entertainment, dining and arts open up on both streets.
As you all know, both streets were near-dead a decade ago, much like York, Main, King, Bay, Cannon and so many others in our city are today.
I thought we had finally learned our lesson and started to play catch-up with the Portlands and Vancouvers of the world with the fresh evidence on James and John staring us in the face everyday.
Sadly, I was wrong. Petty politics continues to reign supreme at City Hall and the biggest loser is the city itself.
To those who voted against something so positive and good for our city, you ought to be ashamed of yourselves.
For those who voted to support business, investment and an enhanced quality of life in our city, thank you and please continue to support our fine city, despite those around you content to watch the future fly past on the back of a semi.
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