Comment 89264

By Henry and Joe (anonymous) | Posted June 02, 2013 at 22:02:56 in reply to Comment 89249

Since you bring up Toronto, I would like to raise the example of Yonge St brought in Ken Greenberg's book. In the 1970s, it was a seedy strip of body rub parlours, prostitution, and drugs. Planners attempted to take control of the street in order to make it more attractive to diverse groups of people. One of the recommendations was widening the sidewalks, but since the Highway was under the jurisdiction of Metro Toronto, the plan was stalled. Metro's goal was to maintain traffic flow since Yonge St. was an arterial road. Eventually traffic was calmed, Ryerson U. exapnded, and Dundas Square was built. The place is now a destination, but it wasn't always. Encouraging greater pedestrian use along with other improvements is a good idea. Framing the issue as "trying to cause traffic congestion" misses the point. Slowing down traffic is one part of a complex system.

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