Comment 5265

By jason (registered) | Posted February 09, 2007 at 18:40:31

Hey wildono. Great comments. The Golden Horseshoe economy has been one of the most robust in North America in the past 15 years. Unfortunately, horrendous city planning has led to the Toronto area becoming a mini-L.A. with many clogged highways, sprawling subdivisions and almost all new office employment built in suburban business parks. Until right now, Toronto hasn't seen major office tower construction for over a decade even during this economic boom. Hamilton has more or less remained the same. Less industry, more sprawl and now in the past 5-7 years we are seeing new residents (younger and many from Toronto) rebuilding the downtown and surrounding neighbourhoods. Transit in Toronto is a joke. Sure the subways are good, but at street level nothing is fast or on-time. We are now starting to see transit looked at seriously again by governments after 15 years of declining ridership, service levels and overall quality. I found my time in Portland to be quite enlightening. I think it offered a great model for both Hamilton AND Toronto to follow. Of course, nobody beats Montreal or Vancouver. Sadly, the Toronto/Golden Horseshoe region blew it and are now struggling mightily to play catch-up.

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