Comment 93566

By matthewsweet (registered) | Posted October 23, 2013 at 11:54:13 in reply to Comment 93558

Nicolas, I think you have hit on a key element. Citizen engagement and the political process are vital in any city. To a certain extent I think people get frustrated at the very notion that they are forced to be involved in the planning process. But implicit in some of your comments is this sense that Hamilton is unique in the fact that citizens are the drivers. Or perhaps, the democratic process is the driver. When you reference NYC, Vancouver etc, do you imagine that the improvements they have seen are purely the result of staff initiative? Surely not! Up until very recently, NYC was absolutely not a cycling friendly city. I don't know how completely friendly it is now. But it is changing. The primary factor? A mayor making cycling a priority. Further, do you imagine that there is no grassroots citizen participation that has likely been working hard for as many or more years as Hamiltonians? Surely not!

This to me is a case of seeing the grass greener on the other side and of viewing improvements in other places without context.

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