Comment 105937

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted November 04, 2014 at 15:31:31 in reply to Comment 105935

That's an interesting point about the power given to the city. But the key thing is that they actually use the power positively, and maintained a consistent urban design regime over many different left and right wing municipal councils. Probably the role of real estate development, and seeing value in the city, played a part as well. A big part of the "industry" in Vancouver is flipping and developing real estate and this means that a lot of people are personally invested in having an attractive urban environment.

I agree that cycling was not much fun in Vancouver until 10-15 years ago, but the downtown was always much more pleasant for pedestrians (although there were far fewer of them in the 1970s and 1980s).

And, as I've mentioned before, the other big difference is the attitude of drivers who are still far more respectful of pedestrians crossing (especially at crosswalks or uncontrolled intersections) than in Hamilton.

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