Comment 63995

By matthewsweet (registered) | Posted May 25, 2011 at 18:34:44

Modest though some may see them to be, I think that the more we celebrate our successes and promote areas of the city which are case studies of the sort of pedestrian/cycling/urbanist scenarios we want to see, the more that some minds will change.

This article by Ryan is a great example of tracing the changes over time in some of our most popular areas today, all of which are far less car-centric than they once were and are now flourishing.

The success stories are the best evidence we have that changes are for the better and catering to the car fails the neighbourhood on a street. I recently drove through sections of Toronto, which as a driver is an absolute nightmare. Every light turned red. Traffic moved slowly. St Clair West is a particularly ridiculous road for driving on, with one lane through in each direction and the now-infamous St Clair streetcar in dedicated lanes through the middle. But every one of those streets I drove down was thriving. Curious eh?

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