Comment 76943

By CouldaWouldaShoulda (anonymous) | Posted May 16, 2012 at 08:09:04 in reply to Comment 76939

DowntownHamilton, I happen to like the way you express the way you see things. I don't agree with much of what you say...but I do respect the comfort by which you express it. However...

-Your first two comments sum up the arrogance of drivers. (And I don't say this without acknowledging that when I get behind the wheel of a car, my mindset changes to take on much of this arrogance. Meaning I'm very aware of the seductive powers of automobiles...and what they bring out in the human condition.) This makes me sad, especially when I cite my Most Hated Stretch of One-way Street in Hamilon:

-Main Street West from Dundurn to Bay. Absolutely disgusting. And the laugher is, they call it an 'Esplanade'. It typifies just how horrible one-ways can be within the perspective of 'liveability'. (As a disclaimer, I do not believe that one-ways are inherently evil. They work within the correct circumstances. In NYC, for example, if we're looking at the urban extreme.)

-As I've said elsewhere, I have to shake my head at those who have no understanding of why these one-way streets were instituted, and why 'Because that's the way they are!' isn't a satisfactory reason for keeping them that way.

I believe that something like the issue of reversing one-ways will only be properly and sincerely addressed when there is sufficient impetus to do so. Meaning the cause has to find traction well beyond RTH, The Hamiltonian and facebook group conversations. As with ward boundary reform, this is actually a great area for community activism to gain skills as we approach the '2 Years Out' point for the 2014 election.

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