By Ben Bull
Published September 26, 2007
Hamiltonians sometimes look to Toronto as an example of how city building should be done. Well, not so fast.
The Toronto Star's Chris Hume has unearthed another 'only-in-Hamilton' (but this time in Toronto!) urban planning gem.
The City of Toronto wants to demolish the 42 year old Matador Club at College and Dovercourt to make way for - you guessed it: a parking lot!
Their logic for this regressive maneuver? The YMCA across the road needs more parking. As Hume points out, the entrance to the YMCA is right opposite a streetcar stop:
Around the world, cities are actually taking steps to get people out of their cars and onto public transit, bikes, their feet, whatever.
But thanks to people like you, [Toronto Parking Authority president Gwyn Thomas], that won't happen here in Toronto.
This is a city that invites you to hop into the family vehicle and drive on downtown for a workout. God forbid anyone should have to take the streetcar, which goes to the front door of the YMCA, or the bus, or that they should be forced to cycle, or, worst of all, walk.
So, it seems that even in a town with moderately efficient transit and light rail on the way, the 1950s easy motoring mentality still reigns supreme.
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