Comment 31604

By jason (registered) | Posted June 09, 2009 at 16:34:44

The more I look at this, the more I think the LRT should go along King Street and not Main Street. Your first point was high density redevelopment potential along Main. Main St, west of Queen has an intact streetwall, as does Main St east of Wellington. The only area that is a compositional disaster (and boy, is it ever) is right downtown. King and Main are literally a 20 second walk from each other in the downtown section. Any empty lots on Main, Jackson or Hunter will benefit from LRT on King just as much as Main. Don't forget about the mega empty lots sitting along Wilson, Rebecca, King William etc.... These are ripe for high density redevelopment too.

As for street parking, I recently posted a blog identifying spots where curbside parking could easily be retained. Main Street from Dundurn to Sherman can have curb parking along one side and King Street from John to Bay and again from Queen to Dundurn could have street parking.

I think LRT on King is much more symbolic and would breath life into the 3-story streetwall that desperately needs it.
In my opinion, LRT gliding through the Gore just feels right.

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