Comment 77134

By Pro Quo (anonymous) | Posted May 20, 2012 at 10:11:47

A subtle irony in all of this is that many of the people who have populated areas like James and Cannon would have had considerably more difficulty purchasing real estate in these neighbourhoods if not for the effects of factors like marginalized residential demographics, urban neglect or commercial/industrial collector lanes. It doesn't take much due diligence to detect the presence of heavy truck traffic, so either these investments were made despite that substantial negative (impulse buy/martyr card) or there was thought given to systemic change and engaging the municipal process. Which I'm sure has been going on for the last five or six years. It's absurd to think that citizen delegations have been disregarded for that long.

One potential hurdle, especially in light of the baroque bureaucratese and red tape that strangles nearly everything in this city? Prioritization. I certainly don't question the appetite for or value of bike lanes or two-way lane changes, but the city does run on certain planning protocols and practices, and I would imagine that there is a city-wide queue of projects waiting on implementation.

That said, tradition demonstrates that there are always political quick win. Nothing stopping council from striking a task force to look into commissioning a white paper on the possibility of incremental roll-out of a phased demonstration project.

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