Comment 25903

By hear hear! (anonymous) | Posted July 11, 2008 at 15:55:10

Great commentary Jason! I couldn't agree more.

It's amazing how much common sense members of council who voted down the conversion of one way streets in this city lack, and the absence of strong leadership on council to do what is right for this city in making our downtown liveable and vibrant (i.e., getting rid of our downtown network of one way streets).

The current system of one-way streets in our downtown core is one of the major forces preventing its revitalization. These streets are simply highways to get from one end of the city to the other. They are not streets that encourage the development of business or local traffic. The downtown should be a destination, not a thoroughfare.

I too live downtown and avoid these major one-way streets like the plague when walking. I encourage anyone to walk down Main St with four lanes of high-speed traffic coming at you. It's not for the faint of heart!

I remain cautiously optimistic. Certainly the success of the conversion of James and John streets will provide ample evidence to sway the nay-sayers.

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