Transportation

Greenberg: Hamilton Should Consider Two-Way Conversion

By RTH Staff
Published June 07, 2012

CBC Hamilton reports that Ken Greenberg, a Toronto-based urban design planner speaking today in Hamilton, encourages the city to consider switching its one-way downtown arterials back to two-way.

"[One-way traffic] inhibits the relationship from one side of the street to the other," Greenberg said. [...]

"You have very wide, one way streets ... which are designed to move at high speeds," he said. "It makes crossing more difficult. It visually disconnects the street so there's a whole different feeling for pedestrians." [...]

"Having feet on the street is really what makes the difference," he said. "Anything that would increase pedestrians. And having [King and Main] as two-way streets would certainly do that."

Greenberg spoke today at the Transforming and Revitalizing Downtown Conference being held in Hamilton today, and he was also the keynote speaker at last month's On The Cusp event organized by the Hamilton-Burlington Society of Architects.

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By seancb (registered) - website | Posted June 07, 2012 at 22:34:03

Oh sure, a few lives will be saved but MILLIONS will be late!

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By Kernel Panic (anonymous) | Posted June 08, 2012 at 06:10:31

This is all really good but we're in a bit of a revival tent here. These conversations need to reach the other 98% of Hamiltonians to maximize momentum. Otherwise we're burning donuts in a parking lot.

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By CouldaWouldaShoulda (anonymous) | Posted June 08, 2012 at 08:23:49 in reply to Comment 78160

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By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted June 08, 2012 at 10:52:47 in reply to Comment 78160

Absolutely... much of the city likes the fact that they can drive across it quickly and doesn't really appreciate or care about the consequences.

Otherwise we're burning donuts in a parking lot.

Whut?

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By vote (anonymous) | Posted June 08, 2012 at 17:12:04

Let's put it to a referendum nest municipal election. If the majority votes to continue with the 2 way conversion the city goes ahead as fast and thoroughly as possible. If the vote is no then the issue gets put away for at least 50 years. All in favour say aye.





Aye!

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By Radial Bearclaws (anonymous) | Posted June 09, 2012 at 08:55:26 in reply to Comment 78176

Burning Rubber Donuts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inFFLiSe-nc

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