Comment 43730

By John Neary (registered) | Posted July 20, 2010 at 21:55:55

@Daniel Rodrigues:

question 3 asks: "The priority of road and traffic design should be to promote fast movement of cars and trucks throughout the city" -Strongly disagree; Disagree; Neither agree or disagree; Agree; Stongly agree; Don't know

Question 4 then asks, "Road and traffic design should give priority to community and environmental concerns (such as noise, levels of social interaction, safety or pollution). With the same multiple-choice answer options as above.

I'll be willing to put a small wager on the table that the responses will show that close to 100% will 'disagree or strongly disagree' with question 3, & the same percentage will 'agree or strongly agree' with question 4.

What I fail to see in questons of this type, is how this has anything to do with the candidates running for (re)election? I seriously doubt that any of them would differ from the results.

There's a bit of a paradox there. You're saying that most citizens will value community and environmental concerns over traffic flow, and that candidates will agree with them. And yet for fifty years our streets have been engineered to optimize traffic flow to the near exclusion of all other goals.

In other words, you're saying that council is failing to represent the wishes of the electorate. Seems like a pretty good justification for the work of the Hamilton Civic League.

By the way, I do share your concern that organizations like the HCL have to be very careful to not become associated with specific political positions. But that cuts both ways. Larry Di Ianni shouldn't have accepted their invitation to speak at an HCL forum this spring if he was thinking about running for mayor again.

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