Comment 89290

By jason (registered) | Posted June 03, 2013 at 21:57:09 in reply to Comment 89289

Keeping it intact and flowing, and not clogged like it is around Queenston is a way to get people going through the city, instead of around it via the Red Hill.

No, no no. People wanting to cut through to somewhere else should absolutely use the freeways. That's the whole point.

Toronto and the DVP/Gardiner and 401, Portland and the Banfield Expressway as well as Interstate 5 and 405, Seattle Hwy 5, Hwy 90 and the Alaskan Way Viaduct/Aurora Rd, Hwy 405, San Fran Dwight D Eisenhower, The El Camino Real and New York...with too many expressways to name.

Hamilton has the 403 downtown well connected to the Linc/RHVP/QEW ring road.
King and Sherman is like Yonge and Eglington in TO. Distance to 403 or Linc is absolutely fine. Vancouver has 1 freeway and seems to be doing just fine thanks. Toronto preserved one of it's most popular neighbourhoods by scrapping the Spadina Expressway, as did NYC with the Lower Manhattan freeway. Portland tore down their waterfront/downtown freeway and turned it into a park. Seattle wants to bury the Alaskan Viaduct, San Fran cancelled many freeways especially the one planned for urban neighbourhoods near the Bay Bridge etc....

Hamilton is well-served by freeways. Burlington St is an absolutely fine cross-route. I use it to get to the east end from Victoria Park. Eastgate Square from my place in less than 15 mins via Burlington St/Centennial. It's longer than that via the Main St expressway.

Enough of the nonsense. City streets are supposed to be places of business and commerce. I was out tonight and there were loads of people in Vic Park and strolling down to Locke. King was completely empty. No cars for several minutes before the next small wave. In any normal city a street like King would have looked this tonight:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wU720vwn-ec/TH...

And yes, that's a one-way street in Montreal. One was streets CAN be great. But not as life-sucking, treeless freeways.

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