Articles from April, 2018

Doug Ford is a Dangerous Right-Wing Populist
Populists are dangerous because they use their popularity as a cudgel to attack and scapegoat their enemies, accusing those enemies of engaging in shadowy conspiracies to undermine and betray "regular folks".
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 25, 2018 in Ontario Election 2018 (3 comments)

Hamilton Needs LRT to Grow Out of Our Infrastructure Hole
Without LRT, we are a city adrift with no Plan B to get our finances in order. Killing LRT now would send a devastating message to the world that Hamilton is a reckless and unreliable place to invest.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 19, 2018 in Special Report: Light Rail (6 comments)

Two Jane's Rides in May: Downtown to General Hospital and Durand to Kirkendall by Alley
On May 5 and 6, Kevin Love will be leading Jane's Rides that explore how to use Hamilton's network of alleys to travel around the city.
by Kevin Love
Published April 19, 2018 in Special Report: Cycling (4 comments)

Comparing Space Efficiency of an Automobile Lane and an LRT Lane
A lane of LRT can carry up to several times as many people as a lane of cars.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 17, 2018 in Special Report: Light Rail (1 comment)

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back on Hamilton LRT
With the Provincial election coming in June and the municipal election following in October, we all need to pitch in to make sure LRT stays on course.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 16, 2018 in Special Report: Light Rail (2 comments)

Cap-and-Trade is Not a Carbon Tax
Doug Ford is a classic shameless right-wing populist, and his indifference to basic facts should alarm all of us.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 16, 2018 in Ontario Election 2018 (2 comments)

Make Hamilton Streets Safer Using the Hierarchy of Controls
Ontario's Ministry of Labour has an effective Vision Zero policy that has been very successful in eliminating deaths and injuries from Hamilton's factories. The same approach would also work on our deadly streets.
by Kevin Love
Published April 11, 2018 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (5 comments)

Another Day, Another Serious Collision on Aberdeen Speedway
It's Groundhog Day at the intersection of two horribly dangerous urban arterials that Council has steadfastly refused to fix, year after year.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 06, 2018 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (2 comments)

Race to the Bottom to Avoid Fear of Height
Our Official Plan does not start with a description of allowable building heights and parking spaces, but public meetings usually end there.
by George Sweetman
Published April 05, 2018 in Downtown Bureau (0 comments)

The Illusion of Middle-Class Wealth
Middle-class stability is an illusion, and the price of this illusion is cheap labour - or worse, slave labour.
by Ben Bull
Published April 05, 2018 in Accidental Activist (0 comments)

Local Commercial Spaces as Public Goods
If we want urban neighbourhoods to sustain commercial spaces that are also public goods, we need to explore quiet, incremental strategies for creative local reform without relying on either provincial or federal funding or hopes for a radical revolution.
by Loren King
Published April 04, 2018 in Commentary (2 comments)

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