Comment 119545

By notlloyd (registered) - website | Posted June 23, 2016 at 16:22:59 in reply to Comment 119518

"What is keeping people out of the downtown core, and has been doing so relentlessly for 60 years, is a street system that prioritizes fast through traffic over local use (Main, King, Cannon)."

Newcomers often repeat this fallacy. Hamilton's economic growth and the vibrancy of the downtown increased dramatically from the date the one way streets were implemented until the crash of 1988/89. A large number of factors contributed to the following decline of the downtown including but not limited to:

The movement of capital out of Hamilton;

The free trade agreement;

The movement of heavy and medium industry out of Hamilton;

The development of Limeridge Mall;

The development of the Meadowands;

The failure of various councils to reign in suburban development;

The financial crisis of the mid 1980's;

to name a few.

It is a very gross over-simplification to claim that one way streets and lack of public transit caused of the demise of the core of Hamilton.

If you had lived in Hamilton from 1976 to 1988 y0u would be able to identify the growth that was occurring and the vast difference you see today.

Comment edited by notlloyd on 2016-06-23 16:26:55

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