Comment 95562

By Serendipity (registered) | Posted December 05, 2013 at 17:28:04

As a North End resident who has lived here for 19 1/2 years, and was a member of the original City/resident/consultant traffic team initiated in 2006 it is odd that "mostly long-time area residents" have anything to say that knocks the pilot project for they had countless opportunities to be involved, and volunteer their time and efforts, any time during the years-long process that finally culminated in Council approval and, this year, implementation of our pilot project. It was mentioned in The Spec several times over the years. CHML did a show about it. Volunteers went door to door throughout the entire 5,000 people-plus North End to talk of the plan and hear their thoughts and invite them to join in. Our local paper, North End Breezes, had write-ups. The North End Neighbours association proper committed themselves in late 2007 and carried the 30k ball through to the finish at an OMB hearing.

For any person or group in the North End who has just awoken to this long overdue planning process and voicing their wrath now is just plain irresponsible...and silly. For the six-plus years it took to formulate and then execute the traffic plan one might think it mature and responsible that the nay-sayers hush now and give us the five years of peace and quiet and safety that residents, City staffers, and consultants fought so bloody hard for. To come in at the end of the game and shout foul is just so un-North End-ish.

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