Comment 94370

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted November 06, 2013 at 15:00:12 in reply to Comment 94369

Wait a minute - you started this debate by saying that those who want complete streets are guilty of stealing your time (which I called selfish).

Now you are arguing that the real problem is that Hamilton's taxes are too high (I agree wholeheartedly).

But your proposed solution to high taxes (fast traffic) has proven here (and elsewhere) to not work.

Complete streets, a livable core, mixed use zoning, higher order transit, heritage preservation - all of these concepts that are generally supported by the people you are arguing with have been proven to increase the tax base and help solve the root problem that you are concerned about.

We tried solving Hamilton's problems with high speed traffic. It was a very long term experiment that's failed miserably. It's time to move on.

Stelco tower isn't empty because it's hard to get there by car. It's empty because it's hard to run a business in a city that people don't want to live in.

I don't know which came first - the chicken or the egg - but I do know that we as a city have complete control over our livability and if we want to attract businesses, we have to do so by starting with something we can control. Begging companies to come here and then worrying about livability is never, ever going to work.

Comment edited by seancb on 2013-11-06 15:02:12

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