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By mike_sak (registered) | Posted January 21, 2011 at 23:01:42

Ok it seems there is a lot of praise for international village. It is a cool idea, and I support it fully.

As a student currently studying urban planning in Buffalo, NY, I am kind of hesitant in restricting vehicular traffic year round along this stretch (considering our Northern climate). From my experience Buffalo's downtown 600 main street block did just this for its metro line (yes...buffalo has a subway/lrt line). The main street portion, which encompasses buffalo's theatre district, is closed to vehicular traffic in order to create a "pedestrian friendly" environment. It is now largely a "dead zone" where the Buffalo metro is the only thing that breezes through above ground. there is now just recently talks to reopen the main thouroughfare again to vehicular traffic. http://www.buffalorising.com/2011/01/600...

While it is all fine and dandy to create pedestrian friendly environments, I think this may be a case that Hamilton should consider. Restricting such traffic does have that slight possibility of working against Hamilton's plans for the international village BIA.

Comment edited by mike_sak on 2011-01-21 23:08:49

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