John-Paul Danko Raise The Hammer – In The News – Time to Reject the Status Quo and Reimagine Our Public Space

Dear Ward 7 Neighbours:

In my neighbourhood on the north central mountain, we have a number of underutilized business areas along our main arterial roadways such as Upper James and Upper Wellington.

In my recent opinion piece in Raise The Hammer, I touch on some ideas to reimagine our public space and some of the simple changes to the status quo that I would work for if elected.

You can read the piece here:

Time to Reject the Status Quo and Reimagine Our Public Space

Here are a few excerpts:

In many ways the north mountain is an island, cut off from the rest of the City by bottlenecks at the escarpment and at the Link, and the Jolley Cut is one of the City’s most active mountain accesses.

And while current traffic volumes on Upper Wellington might be suitable for a single lane of traffic in each direction today, a detailed traffic study would be required to determine the levels of service projected for future traffic growth.

OK – maybe we can’t permanently get rid of two lanes of traffic forever – so what!

Maybe we can get rid of two lanes for ten years. Maybe we can allow non-rush hour parking like on Kenilworth. Maybe all we need is narrower lanes, streetscaping and pedestrian crosswalks.

And why stop at just curbside parking and the occasional crosswalk – why not go for a complete streets redesign!

I have no idea what a final solution might look like, but as an engineer, I love complicated questions like this – because everything listed above can be quantified, analyzed and assigned costs and benefits (level of service, congestion, engineering, construction versus business tax revenue, livability, property values).

In the end, I think that the important part is a willingness to engage in an honest conversation and reject the status quo.


John-Paul Danko

John-Paul Danko – Hamilton City Council Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

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I wish John-Paul Danko had been the Councillor for Ward 7 during the ARC, he has already proven he wouldn't have been afraid to get involved with the process, get his hands dirty and work with the community! I will be voting for him on March 21st!

Stefanie Store Manager, Resident-Ward 7, Hamilton Central Mountain December 9, 2015

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I met JP Danko at the Hamilton Citizen Jury event at Mohawk College, and I have to say, I wholeheartedly endorse him as Candidate for Ward 7.

My personal opinion is he is a great balance for the Mountain, and understands and knows the challenges that lie ahead. He is an excellent diplomat that can engage Mountain residents and Lower City residents. He has the Concession BIA in his ward, the only true urbanized street on the Mountain, so this is a very important anchor of urbanization to market the rest of Ward 7.

Mark IT Professional, Hamilton December 9, 2015

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Highly impressed by @JPDankoWard7 vision for ward 7. Lives in the ward, and has a history of promoting mountain issues #hamont

Owen Ward 7 Resident February 1, 2016

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I met you for the first time at my door this afternoon. I like the fact that you are an independent,born and continue to live in the ward and know the issues in the ward.
I firmly believe that we need fresh faces, NEW ideas in this city from top to bottom in order to move forward.
My first got my vote on March 21st.

Paul Ward 7 Resident - Hamilton Central Mountain February 1, 2016

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Having worked with John-Paul on a project recently I was most impressed with his willingness to look at a problem from every angle and perspective, this is not a guy who is afraid to think outside the box and advocate for what he believes in.

Duane Civil Engineer, Grimsby December 9, 2015

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